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Physical and Cholinergic Urticaria

  • B. M. Henz

Abstract

Physical urticaria is defined as localized or generalized urticaria or angioedema of the skin or the mucous membranes in response to different specific physical stimuli. In cholinergic urticaria, a reflex-type, pinpoint size whealing reaction or angioedema arises in response to a rise in body core temperature. Reasons for the over-reaction of the skin to normally tolerated stimuli remain unexplained. In most cases, an associated mast-cell degranulation has been identified, in some an underlying immunoglobulin (Ig)E-dependent sensitization and, in rare cases, a genetic predisposition to the disease itself or to associated diseases, including atopy.

Keywords

Migration Inhibitor Factor Allergy Clin Immunol Chronic Urticaria Cold Urticaria Cholinergic Urticaria 
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