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An Adolescent Boy with Urticaria to Water: Review of Current Treatments for Aquagenic Urticaria

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  • Jean S. McGee Ph.D,

    1. Department of Dermatology, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, One World’s Fair Drive, Suite 2400 Somerset, New Jersey 08873
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  • A. Yasmine Kirkorian M.D,

    1. Department of Dermatology, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, One World’s Fair Drive, Suite 2400 Somerset, New Jersey 08873
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  • Amy S. Pappert M.D,

    1. Department of Dermatology, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, One World’s Fair Drive, Suite 2400 Somerset, New Jersey 08873
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  • Sandy S. Milgraum M.D

    1. Department of Dermatology, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, One World’s Fair Drive, Suite 2400 Somerset, New Jersey 08873
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Address correspondence to Jean S. McGee, Ph.D., Department of Dermatology, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, One World’s Fair Drive, Suite 2400 Somerset, New Jersey 08873, or e-mail: jeanmcgee@gmail.com.

Abstract

Abstract:  We report the case of an adolescent boy with aquagenic urticaria unresponsive to oral antihistamine therapy. We successfully treated his condition by topical application of a petrolatum-containing cream as a protective coating. To our knowledge, this is the first report showing the use of topical therapy alone to treat aquagenic urticaria in a child. Based on the effectiveness, safety profile, and ease of use, clinicians may wish to consider this regimen as a first-line therapy.

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