The faculty will discuss what is known about chronic urticaria and options for managing what can be unbearable symptoms.
Milwaukee, WI. (PRWEB) March 28, 2017
World Allergy Organization (WAO) will offer a complementary live webinar, “The Agony of Hives”, on April 4, beginning at 13:30:00 Greenwich Mean Time, for World Allergy Week 2017, which will begin on April 2. The faculty will discuss what is known about chronic urticaria and options for managing what can be unbearable symptoms.
Chronic urticaria, which currently affects up to 1.8% of the population, can cause prolonged suffering from welts and swelling if not accurately diagnosed and effectively treated. The episodic or daily hives of chronic urticaria last for at least six weeks and significantly impair quality of life including difficulty falling and staying asleep. There is no cure for the disease but it can be managed with medication options and avoidance of triggers.
“The role of the allergist is key,” said Mario Sánchez Borges, MD, of Centro Médico Docente – La Trinidad, in Caracas, Venezuela, and WAO President. “Allergists have the necessary expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic urticaria including knowledge about medication options. They also are able to teach patients about the condition, which is important in improving quality of life.”
The webinar faculty will be Marcus Maurer, MD, of Charité – Universitätsmedizin in Berlin, Germany; Elham Hossny, MD, PhD, of Children’s Hospital of Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt; Mario Sánchez Borges, MD, of Centro Médico Docente – La Trinidad in Caracas, Venezuela; and Paul Greenberger, MD, of Northwestern University in Chicago, United States. Dr Greenberger will also moderate the program. The experts will include a discussion of treatment options including a biologic therapeutic (anti-IgE therapy) that has been shown to be effective.
Many allergy and clinical immunology societies around the world that are member organizations of WAO will also provide local educational opportunities throughout the week of April 2-8, 2017. These events will follow a common theme, “The Agony of Hives – What to do when welts and swelling will not go away,” helping to increase awareness of chronic urticaria globally and bring hope to millions who suffer from the disease. To find a member society of the World Allergy Organization in your country or region, visit: http://www.worldallergy.org/about-wao/member-societies.
The webinar is intended for a general audience. Find information on how to register at: http://www.worldallergyweek.org.
For more information about chronic urticaria and World Allergy Week 2017 events around the world, visit: http://www.worldallergyweek.org.
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The World Allergy Organization (WAO) is an international alliance of 97 regional and national allergy, asthma and immunology societies. Through collaboration with its Member Societies WAO provides a wide range of educational and outreach programs, symposia and lectureships to allergists/immunologists around the world and conducts initiatives related to clinical practice, service provision, and physical training in order to better understand and address the challenges facing allergists/immunologists worldwide.
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