It is well established that CSU places a significant burden on adult patients’ quality of life (Maurer et al., 2011; Balp et al., 2015). However, it is becoming apparent that CSU also has an impact on children’s quality of life that is comparable or worse than many other chronic conditions (Figure 4) (Beattie and Lewis Jones, 2006).
A meta-analysis that included the above Beattie study, used the Children’s Dermatology Life Quality Index (CDLQI) to investigate the quality of life impact of various skin conditions. It found urticaria to have a similar mean score (7.1) to psoriasis (8.0) and vitiligo (6.5) and a higher score than acne (5.3) and alopecia (3.1) (Olsen et al., 2016)
Educational impact of paediatric urticaria (Ferrer, 2009):
Doctor Montse Alvaro offers insights on how urticaria affects quality of life for paediatric patients.