Living with CSU


The unpredictable, itchy and sometimes painful nature of CSU can affect you emotionally as well as physically. It can affect your work, relationships and social life, and it can limit your ability to carry out day-to-day activities.1–3

CSU sufferers are more likely to experience depression and anxiety.1 The way the rash looks can be extremely distressing too, especially if it lasts for years.

But you’re not alone. Discussing your anxieties and frustrations with other sufferers can help. See our list of coping tips.

What is the psychological impact of CSU?

Find out more about the effects of CSU from Dr Pixie McKenna.

SymTrac MS app screenshots

Easing the burden

Sometimes managing your CSU differently and dealing with treatment concerns straight away can help.

You can be assured that the rash does not usually affect your general health. And, as a rule, urticaria tends to improve and become less troublesome over time.

SymTrac Hives app screenshots

SymTrac™ HIVES App

SymTrac™ HIVES is a free app that helps people with chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) track the severity of symptoms and the impact of the disease on their life over time. The data recorded can be viewed in easy-to-read progress trackers and shared with healthcare professionals to enhance consultation time and support decision-making.

learn more about the app



1.     Maurer M et al. Allergy 2011;66:317–30.
2.     O'Donnell BF et al. Br J Dermatol 1997; 136:197–201.
3.     Kang MJ et al. Ann Dermatol 2009; 21:226–29.

Date of preparation: November 2015    XSU15-C030k

Updated: 24-11-2015