Management of chronic idiopathic urticaria by the identification and exclusion of dietary factors

Clin Allergy. 1980 Nov;10(6):699-704. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2222.1980.tb02154.x.


The role played by dietary chemical factors in the pathogenesis of chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) was assessed in seventy-six patients by challenge Stable remission was first established by using an empirically established 'exclusion diet'. A diet modified to exclude those chemicals giving a positive response to challlenge was demonstrated to be of therapeutic value for time periods of up to 18 months. Re-testing twelve patients at 12 months indicated that most patients positive to salicylate or benzoate challenge retained this pattern of reactivity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Benzoates / adverse effects
  • Child
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Penicillins / adverse effects
  • Remission, Spontaneous
  • Salicylates / adverse effects
  • Tartrazine / adverse effects
  • Urticaria / diet therapy*
  • Urticaria / etiology
  • Yeast, Dried / adverse effects


  • Benzoates
  • Penicillins
  • Salicylates
  • Tartrazine