Delayed pressure urticaria

Immunol Allergy Clin North Am. 2004 May;24(2):247-58, vi-vii. doi: 10.1016/j.iac.2004.01.006.


Delayed pressure urticaria is a mechanical urticaria in which pressure causes whealing. Delayed cutaneous erythema and edema occur in association with marked subcutaneous swelling after the application of a sustained pressure stimulus to the skin. The earliest reports and theories of the pathogenesis of delayed pressure urticaria are summarized. Detailed attention is given to making the diagnosis by taking a history and provoking the lesions. The clinical features and natural history are considered. The effects of the disorder on quality of life are delineated, and management strategies are suggested.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Physical Stimulation / adverse effects
  • Pressure / adverse effects*
  • Time Factors
  • Urticaria / drug therapy
  • Urticaria / etiology*
  • Urticaria / immunology