Journal article

Solar urticaria - An Australian case series of 83 patients

Louise Photiou, Peter Foley, Gayle Ross

AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

Solar urticaria (SU) is a rare form of urticaria with a pathogenesis that is poorly understood. It affects all skin types, can be difficult to diagnose, and is challenging to manage effectively. We conducted a retrospective review of patients with SU in our institution. A total of 83 patients (56 females) were identified as having SU. The mean age was 32 years (7-74) at first development of symptoms/signs of SU. Pruritus was the most common symptom reported (79%). Of the 60 patients who underwent monochromator testing at least once, 35 had SU confirmed with most reacting to visible light and UVA, or to UVA alone. Antihistamines and sun avoidance remain the mainstay treatment for SU but other..

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