EAACI/GA2LEN/EDF guideline: definition, classification and diagnosis of urticaria

Allergy. 2006 Mar;61(3):316-20. doi: 10.1111/j.1398-9995.2005.00964.x.


This guideline is the result of a consensus reached during a panel discussion at the 2nd International Consensus Meeting on Urticaria, Urticaria 2004, a joint initiative of the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology Dermatology Section and the European Union (EU)-funded network of excellence, GA2LEN. It covers the definition and classification of urticaria, taking into account the recent progress in identifying causes, eliciting factors and pathomechanisms of this disease. We have outlined useful diagnostic approaches for different subtypes of urticaria. This guideline was, in addition, accepted by the European Dermatology Forum (EDF) and was formally approved by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS).

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Practice Guideline
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Allergens / adverse effects
  • Europe
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypersensitivity, Immediate / classification
  • Hypersensitivity, Immediate / diagnosis
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Skin Tests
  • Urticaria / classification*
  • Urticaria / diagnosis*
  • Urticaria / epidemiology


  • Allergens