Vicki Lawrence is one of the 1.5 million people in America who suffers from chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU). She’s back on The Doctors to share an update on how she’s managing it.
“I am good. I am healthy and well,” she says. “I broke out like 6 years ago… I had never heard of such a thing when the doctor told me.”
CIU is a condition in which urticaria, commonly known as hives, appear unpredictably with no identifiable cause. They can last for 6 weeks or more and may not go away for months or even years.
With the help of her allergist, Vicki is happy to report, “I have not seen a hive in many, many years now.”
It is not known what causes CIU, but things like alcohol, tight clothes, drugs like aspirin and Ibuprofen, exercise, cold and heat have been known to cause flare-ups.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork adds, “If you’re not sure what your rash is, just get it checked out. Rashes can be really hard to identify and if you’re not treating it appropriately, it’s not going to get better.”
Check out the video above to see the actress and The Doctors play a game of “Hives… Or Something Else?” For more information on CIU visit the the CIU & You website and when posting about CIU on social media, be sure to use the hashtag #CIUandYou.