Primary care physicians and specialists can diagnose and treat CIU
An allergist is a specialist trained to diagnose, treat and manage allergic diseases that can affect different parts of the body.
A dermatologist is a specialist who treats diseases of the skin.
Your doctor and these specialists could help you:
An important part of getting diagnosed and treated for CIU is finding a doctor who can help. Find a specialist near you by city or zip code.
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Your doctor will diagnose your condition after examining you and reviewing your medical history. At your doctor's appointment, be ready to answer the following questions.
After you share your answers and describe your symptoms, your primary care doctor or specialist will take a look at your hives. Then he or she may order one or more tests. These may include a:
These tests and more may be done to rule out any other health conditions that could be causing your symptoms.
If a cause still isn't found, your doctor may diagnose you with CIU.
Learning that you have CIU may be difficult to accept. Especially when you've been searching for a cause and hoping for an answer, only to find out there is none. If this has happened to you, it may help to know other people are living with CIU.
If you have CIU and your symptoms are uncontrolled by H1 antihistamine treatment, it may also help to keep a list of questions to ask your doctor about CIU and XOLAIR. You can download this Doctor Discussion Guide and bring it with you to your doctor visits.
How your CIU symptoms affect you is important. Make notes of where hives have shown up on your body, how many hives you have, and how much they itch. Remember too that hives can move around from hour to hour – they may even disappear. It's a good idea to take photos of your hives at different times during your flares so your doctor can get a complete view of your symptoms.
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