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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
Impact Factor 1,014
Online ISSN 1827-1820
Nicoletta CASSANO 1, Delia COLOMBO 2, Gilberto BELLIA 2, Emanuela ZAGNI 2, Gino A. VENA 1
1 Dermatology and Venereology Private Practice, Bari, Italy; 2 Novartis Farma, Origgio, Varese, Italy
Chronic urticaria (CU) is a common skin disorder with important repercussion on the quality of life (QoL) and a relevant socioeconomic impact. CU is included among the skin diseases that exhibit a significant female preponderance, with an average female to male ratio of nearly 2-4/1. In recent years, an ever-growing interest in gender medicine has been registered and the assessment of gender differences has increasingly become an attractive issue in clinical research. Unfortunately, there are only limited data relative to the study of CU in the perspective of gender medicine. However, apart from the predilection for females, an in-depth evaluation of the available literature shows the existence of other interesting gender-related differences in CU. The aim of this article is to review the current knowledge on gender differences in CU under different points of view, including pathophysiology, epidemiology, clinical and prognostic features, association with comorbidities, psychological aspects and QoL.