What do you know? It's a quick quiz!


CIU is slightly more
common in:

Correct. CIU is slightly more common in women

Sorry, wrong answer. CIU is slightly more common in women.

Whether you go to see your family physician or a specialist about your skin, appointments can be brief, so it’s best to be well prepared.

Fill in these questionnaires and bring them to your next doctor's appointment.


“Filling out these questionnaires actually helped me better understand my CIU.”

Prepare for your appointment


  • Write down any symptoms you have experienced, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment. If you have a diary of your symptoms, bring it along
  • Take a picture of your symptoms when they appear, and include the date, this will help your doctor quickly assess whether your symptoms are acute or chronic
  • Write down key personal information, including any important life changes or sources of stress
  • Make a list of all medications including prescription and over-the-counter drugs as well as “natural” remedies you're taking
  • Write down your questions to ask your doctor

The CIU tracker app will help you do this.

Sample questions to include on your list:


  • What is causing my symptoms?
  • Are there other causes for my symptoms?
  • How long will I have these hives?
  • What tests do I need? Do these tests require any particular preparation?
  • What treatments are available?
  • Which treatments do you recommend?
  • Do these treatments have side effects?
  • Will treatment for my hives affect my other conditions and treatments?
  • Are there any brochures that I can take home with me?
  • Which websites do you recommend?

“If CIU affects the way you live, your work or how you sleep, don’t hesitate to bring it up during your appointment, your doctor needs to know.”