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Angioedema

What is angioedema?

Angioedema is a condition characterized by rapid swelling of the deeper layers of the skin, often occurring in areas like the face, lips, throat, hands, and feet. It's caused by the accumulation of fluid in tissues, leading to swelling and sometimes pain or itching.

What causes angioedema?

Angioedema can have various causes. It might be an allergic reaction triggered by certain foods, medications, insect stings, or environmental factors. Some cases are also linked to genetic conditions or underlying health issues involving the immune system.

How is angioedema different from hives (urticaria)?

While both involve swelling, hives are characterized by raised, itchy, red, or skin-colored welts on the surface of the skin. Angioedema, on the other hand, involves deeper swelling in the layers beneath the skin's surface.

What are the symptoms of angioedema?

The main symptom is sudden and pronounced swelling, usually in the face, lips, eyes, throat, hands, or feet. It might be accompanied by itching, burning, or mild pain. Severe cases can affect the throat and cause difficulty breathing, which requires immediate medical attention.

How is angioedema treated?

Treatment depends on the cause and severity. Mild cases might resolve on their own or with antihistamines or corticosteroids to reduce swelling and relieve symptoms. Severe cases or those affecting the airway might require emergency treatment with epinephrine or other medications.

Is angioedema dangerous?

In most cases, angioedema is not life-threatening. However, swelling in the throat or tongue can obstruct the airway, leading to difficulty breathing, which requires immediate medical attention. Chronic angioedema can significantly impact a person's quality of life.

Can angioedema be prevented?

Preventing angioedema involves identifying and avoiding triggers if they are known. For some individuals, it might be related to specific foods, medications, or environmental factors. For others, it might be associated with genetic conditions that require ongoing management.

Is angioedema always related to allergies?

No, angioedema can have various causes, and not all cases are related to allergies. While allergic reactions are a common cause, some forms of angioedema are hereditary or related to other medical conditions such as autoimmune disorders.

When should I seek medical help for angioedema?

Seek immediate medical attention if angioedema affects the face, or throat, or causes difficulty breathing. Additionally, if swelling persists, recurs frequently, or is accompanied by other concerning symptoms, it's advisable to consult a healthcare professional.

Always consult a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations tailored to your specific condition and medical history.

Seeking relief from angioedema? Schedule an appointment with us to explore treatment options. Take the first step toward managing and alleviating your symptoms.

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