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Star Vicki Lawrence discusses the hives behind her humor

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Vicki Lawrence appeared on TV 50 years ago after writing a fan letter to Carol Burnett saying she was going to be in a contest and that she looked like Carol. Burnett went to Lawrence's high school and was so entertained that she asked her to be on the Carol Burnett Show!

Lawrence became a regular, which lead to the spin-off Mama's Family. The game show host, recording artist and talk show host Vicki visits to discuss her skin condition.

But behind Lawrence's humor was hives, no joke! Lawrence noticed the condition about 6 years ago. Her first reaction was that she had done something wrong, she changed her laundry detergent, took quick showers, and more.

She was diagnosed with Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria, and couldn't find a lot of information, except that it is manageable, but has no cure and that it impacts approximately 1.5 million people in U.S.

Lawrence went to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, and urged them to create a platform so that people can learn if they have this condition. The foundation created a website that helps people track the hives and keep a journal.

Visit the website ciuandyou.com to learn more!