Introduction: Chronic Urticaria (CU) is defined as wide spread short lived (<24hour) wheals occurring daily or almost daily for at least 6 weeks duration. CU is extremely disabling in its severe form and can be difficult to treat. It has a detrimental impact on both patient’s work and social life. The aetiology and the explanation for the varying severity and frequency of clinical presentation are still a problem, despite advances in science.
Aim: To study the clinical profile of chronic urticaria in a tertiary care center.
Methods: Patients of both sexes with age above 12 years with a clinical diagnosis of CU for whom a cause could not be identified under a standard protocol assessment.
Results: Sixty patients with chronic urticaria were studied and the mean age was 35 years and with a female predominance of 61.7%. The percentage of patients having disease duration of more than one year is 56.7 and 37percentage of patients had generalized wheals. 45% had intense pruritus.18% of patients had angioedema.
Limitations: The study’s drawback was limited sample size and short duration.
Conclusions: The clinical profile of chronic urticaria in our study is comparable to other studies.