The international Urticariaday takes place on 1st October 2015!
Urticaria under control?
The contact with stinging nettles is very unpleasant. Immediately, a red and itchy skin rash occurs. From a medical point of view, this is a form of urticaria. At any moment, up to 1% of the population suffers from urticaria without even getting in touch with stinging nettles. The wheals and the intolerable itching appear out of the blue and in many cases daily over months or years. It does not take much imagination to understand how excruciating this disease really is.
The second urticariaday2015 is all about “urticaria under control”. The worldwide day allows urticaria patients to test if their urticaria is under control – and to take back control if it is not. In order to do this, dermatologists and allergists have carefully designed the Urticaria Control Test (UCT).
Patients only have to answer four questions and the test indicates if they have their urticaria under control or if their treatment needs to be improved. On our website, www.urticariaday.org patients can take the test and they will get their results immediately in order to share and compare them with other urticaria patients.
The diagnosis and treatment of urticaria is a big challenge for patients and doctors, since the disease has a great variety of triggers and reasons. The cause of the disease can be identified for max. 70% of the patients after a complex series of tests. Even if doctors succeed in identifying the cause, a curative therapy is only possible for some patients, e.g. with an antibiotic treatment. All remaining cases require a symptomatic therapy. Although there are effective and well tolerated treatment methods by now, many patients still receive insufficient therapies or therapies with a lot of side effects as for example a long-term treatment with cortisone.
In order to focus more on patients who suffer from urticaria and to raise awareness for the disease and the best possible treatment, the urtikaria network – UNEV and DAAB – Deutscher Allergie- und Asthmabund (German Allergy and Asthma Association) initiate the second urticariaday worldwide on 1st October 2015.
There will be worldwide events for doctors and patients on the topic urticaria. Patients who suffer from urticaria, self-help groups, health-care professionals and everyone, who wants to participate can get information on the website www.urticariaday.org.
The DAAB was founded in 1897 and is located in Mönchengladbach. It is the largest and oldest patient organization in the field of allergies, asthma and neurodermitis. There are currently 18,000 members. The main tasks include the care for people suffering from allergy or asthma, consumer protection from dubious allergology offers, press and public relations, lobbying and liaison between different occupational groups in the field of allergology (networking). The DAAB is an independent non-profit organization.
The Urtikaria Network is a platform where patients and doctors can meet each other in order to fight urticaria together. On the website www.urtikaria.net, people suffering from urticaria or those who are interested in the disease can learn valuable facts about the clinical picture, hear the latest news and get in touch with other people affected or with “urticaria” doctors.