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

Correct. Keep your skin warm. Identifying what causes chronic urticaria can be really difficult, as some of the triggers can be things that are hard to avoid in everyday life: sunlight, water, stress, heat or cold.

Sorry, wrong answer. Keeping your skin warm is NOT a good tip for living with CIU.

Keep a reminder list of what you can do if the symptoms of CIU appear

  • Topical anti-itch treatments
  • Oral antihistamines
  • Other drugs prescribed or recommended by your doctor
  • Non-pharmaceutical treatments
    • Keep your skin cool. Consider staying in an air-conditioned environment in summer, do your best to avoid hot, dry places
    • Apply cool, wet compresses to your skin. Covering affected skin with bandages or dressings can be soothing and prevent scratching
    • Take a cool bath. But not too cold – make it comfortable! Adding some baking soda, uncooked oatmeal or colloidal oatmeal can help with itching
    • Wear loose, comfortable clothes. Choose smooth-textured clothing, preferably cotton. Stay away from tight, scratchy, or rough material, or anything made from wool
    • Avoid anything that seems to aggravate your CIU. Try to avoid anything that irritates your skin or causes an allergic reaction, such as: stress, heat, cold, sunlight, water, pressure on the skin and some foods