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New treatment option for chronic hives

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MADISON (WKOW) -- People with a form of chronic hives now have a new treatment option.

Dr. Don Bukstein, a local pediatric allergist and pulmonologist, says Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria (CIU) is a form of chronic hives.

"We all know hives; 20 percent of us get hives," Dr. Bukstein said. "Usually they're acute and they go away with an over the counterantihistaminee, butoccasionallyy, they become chronic. Rarely so, but when they do, and last over six weeks, they're chronic hives."

Dr. Bukstein says CIU is difficult to diagnose because the cause is internal. He says chronic hives are treatable though.

The FDA also just approved a newtreatmentt option called Xolair. Dr. Bukstein was a clinical trial investigator for the drug. He says the drug can really control chronic hives like no other drug out there.

Dr. Bukstein said you should speak with your doctor if you have questions. He said you can also check out the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology's website or the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology's website for more information.

Dr. Bukstein joined us on 27 News at 5 on Friday.

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