Vicki Lawrence is one of the most beloved TV personalities of her generation, known for iconic sitcoms such as Mama’s Family and The Carol Burnett Show. Now she’s back on TV, co-starring in a new comedy [The Cool Kids on Fox]. Many may not know, however, that she has experienced chronic idiopathic urticaria, or CIU, a form of chronic hives with no known cause.
When Vicki was diagnosed with CIU, she quickly realized that resources for people with this unexplained condition were very limited. So she decided to share her story and become the face of CIU & You, a national educational program for people impacted by CIU.
The program, supported by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and made possible by Genentech and Novartis, aims to empower patients to help take charge of their condition by talking with an allergist about managing their CIU.
Approximately 1.5 million Americans are living with CIU, which is characterized by hives that occur spontaneously without an identifiable cause and reoccur for six weeks or more. CIU can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms, which include red, itchy bumps or welts on the skin, can come and go for many months or even years.
Please join me in a recent interview with Vicki as she shares her experience searching for answers about CIU and also with Dr. Neeta Ogden, as she provides medical insight and tips about CIU, and discuss the importance of seeing an allergist.
View the entire interview here:
For more information, go to ciuandyou.com
Vicki Lawrence Bio
Vicki Lawrence is a comedienne and Emmy® award-winning actress. She is famous for her roles on The Carol BurnettShow and Mama’s Family, and more recently on Hannah Montana and NBC sitcom, Great News. [She currently co-stars in the Fox comedy The Cool Kids.] Vicki also has chronic idiopathic urticaria, or CIU, a form of chronic hives with an unknown cause. For more about Vicki’s story, visit http://www.ciuandyou.com/#vicki-personal-story.
Interview and photo courtesy: Genentech, Inc. and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation in partnership with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America