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MEDI6079 Eczema, Urticaria and Anaphylaxis

Module Overview

During the Eczema, Urticaria and Anaphylaxis module, you will explore all aspects of systemic anaphylaxis in depth. In addition, the module teaches allergic skin diseases including eczema (atopic dermatitis), urticaria and angioedema. This module comprehensively covers both paediatric and adult disease and will enable students to clinically recognise, investigate and manage these conditions.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Solve complex clinical and scientific issues both systematically and creatively.
  • Make informed judgements in a clinical and/or scientific setting and communicate these effectively to other professionals, parents and patients.
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between the different forms of hypersensitivity reactions (I to IV) and highlight these with specific examples.
  • Evaluate the pathogenesis, diagnosis, investigation and management of systemic allergy.
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Interpret diagnostic information from clinical scenarios.
  • Determine the differential diagnoses of allergic diseases such as eczema, urticaria and anaphylaxis.


• Structure and function of skin • Type I mechanisms and pseudo Type I • Overview of Type I allergy including food, pollen, vespid, drug and latex • How to recognise anaphylaxis • Investigations and management of anaphylaxis • Type II and III hypersensitivity mechanisms, overview, investigations and management • Type IV mechanisms of allergic disease • Overview of Type IV allergy • How to recognise systemic IV reactions e.g. drugs • How to recognise cutaneous Type IV reactions e.g. allergic contact dermatitis, latex • Investigation and management of cutaneous and systemic allergy • Allergic skin disease differential diagnosis • Chronic urticaria and angioedema • Urticarial variants e.g. physical • Atopic dermatitis • Other variants of eczema • Allergic contact dermatitis • Allergy to the sun • Anaesthetic anaphylaxis • Latex allergy • Drug rashes and relationship to allergic mechanisms • Anaphylaxis • Drug induced angioedema e.g. ACE inhibitors

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of learning and teaching methods will be adopted to promote a wide range of skills and meet the differing learning styles of the group. The techniques will include seminars, group work, practical demonstrations and exercises surrounding interpretation of data and clinical scenarios. Specialist lecturers from a range of academic and health care professional backgrounds will be used to ensure a breadth and depth of perspective is offered, giving a good balance between background theories and principles and practical management advice.

Independent Study158
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Global Atlas of Allergy. EAACI have produced an online Global Atlas of Allergy. To access the atlas, visit

C.E. Griffiths, J.N. Barker, T. Bleiker, R.J. Chalmers, and D. Creamer (2015). Rook's Textbook of Dermatology: Chapters on atopic eczema (Ch 41), adverse reactions to drugs (Ch 12) and benign cutaneous adverse reactions to drugs (Ch 118). 

Ardern-Jones MR, Hampton PJ, Vleugels RA. (2017). Handbook of Dermatology Treatment. 

Holgate S, Church, M and Lichtenstein L (Eds) (2007). Allergy. Chapters 6-7 and 9-12. 

EAACI Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Guidelines. EAACI have produced these useful guidelines which are free for members. To access, visit

Useful journals.  Allergy Clinical Experimental Allergy Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology


Assessment Strategy

The assessment for the module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. There will be two assessed components, i) a professional skills analysis and ii) a written assignment.


MethodPercentage contribution
Professional Skills Analysis  (1500 words) 50%
Written assignment  (2500 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment  (2500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Webcams and microphones: It is advisable that students provide their own webcam and microphone (integrated or USB/standalone) to take full advantage of the online support offered during the module.

Computer: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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