CIU & You

CIU & You: Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria

Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) is a form of chronic hives with no known cause. CIU can cause severe itching that lasts many months – and even years – and can be difficult to diagnose. Symptoms can come and go. CIU can be unpredictable and differ from person to person.

To raise awareness of this little-known condition and develop helpful resources, AAFA has teamed up with:

  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • Genentech
  • Emmy Award-winning comedienne Vicki Lawrence

Vicki is opening up about her experience with CIU. Together, we present CIU & You, an educational campaign for patients with CIU.

Our awareness campaign includes resources such as a discussion guide and symptom tracker.

To hear Vicki’s story, and learn more about CIU, please visit