ISSN 1306-0015 | E-ISSN 1308-6278
Original Article
High-dose anti-histamine use and risk factors in children with urticaria
1 Adnan Menderes Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Çocuk Allerji ve Klinik İmmunoloji Bilim Dalı, Aydın, Türkiye  
2 Adnan Menderes Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Çocuk ve Ergen Ruh Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Anabilim Dalı, Aydın, Türkiye  
Turk Pediatri Ars 2016; 51: 198-203
DOI: 10.5152/TurkPediatriArs.2016.4202
Key Words: Acute urticaria, antihistamine, chronic urticaria, pediatrics, treatment, urticaria

Aim: The drugs of choice in the treatment of urticaria in children are H1-antihistamines. The aim of the study was to evaluate children with urticaria and define risk factors for requirement of high-dose H1-antihistamines in children with urticaria.


Material and Methods: The medical data of children who were diagnosed as having urticaria admitted to our outpatient clinic between January 2014 and January 2016 were searched. The medical histories, concomitant atopic diseases, parental atopy histories, medications, treatment responses, blood eosinophil and basophil counts, and serum total IgE levels were recorded. In addition, the urticaria activity score for seven days, autoimmune antibody tests, and skin prick test results were evaluated in children with chronic urticaria.


Results: The numbers of the children with acute and chronic urticaria were 138 and 92, respectively. The age of the children with chronic urticaria was higher than that of those with acute urticaria (p<0.0001). There was no difference between the two groups in terms of blood eosinophil and basophil counts, and serum total IgE levels (p>0.05). There was a negative correlation between blood eosinophil count and the UAS7 score in children with chronic urticaria (r=-0.276, p=0.011). Chronic urticaria and requirement of high dose H1-antihistamines were significant in children aged ≥10 years (p<0.001, p=0.015). High UAS7 score (OR: 1.09; CI 95%: [1.03-1.15]) and basopenia (OR: 6.77; CI 95%: [2.01-22.75]) were associated with the requirement of high-dose H1-AH in children with chronic urticaria.


Conclusion: The requirement of high-dose H1-antihistamines was higher with children’s increasing age. Disease severity and basopenia were risk factors for the requirement of high-dose H1-antihistamines. (Turk Pediatri Ars 2016; 51: 198-203)

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