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FNP Student Figures Out Sister's Chronic Skin Condition with VisualDx

cold_urticaria.jpgS. Ferguson, a family nurse practitioner student at the University of Iowa correctly diagnosed her sister who'd been experiencing symptoms for 10 years by creating a differential in VisualDx.

"My sister, in her mid-twenties was experiencing erythemic, itchy, and mildly inflamed hands after exposure to the cold. She experienced this from fall to early spring after her hands had been exposed to cold air for more than 5 minutes. She described the sensation to follow exposure and re-warming as “itchy, stiff, and red splotches”. These symptoms did not extend above the wrist. These symptoms would resolve over the course of 1-2 hours. She had been noticed this for at least the past 10 years but had never addressed it. After utilizing VisualDx, it appeared she was experiencing cold uticaria. She tested this theory via ice therapy and confirmed this diagnosis!"

*Cold urticaria pictured here is not patient in story. See more cold urticaria pictures in VisualDx.

About VisualDx

VisualDx is an award-winning diagnostic clinical decision support system that has become the standard electronic resource at more than half of U.S. medical schools and more than 1,500 hospitals and institutions nationwide.  VisualDx combines clinical search with the world's best medical image library, plus medical knowledge from experts to help with diagnosis, treatment, self-education, and patient communication. Expanding to provide diagnostic decision support across General Medicine, the new VisualDx brings increased speed and accuracy to the art of diagnosis. Learn more at