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A 48-year-old member asked:

What causes angioedema?

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Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 42 years experience
ALLERGY OR GENETIC: Angioedema is the rapid swelling of the skin, including the dermis, deep dermis, mucosa, and subcutaneous tissue. If angioedema is acquired, it is usually caused by an allergy; if it is hereditary, it is due to a genetic mutation.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can kissing cause angioedema?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Possibly: Some rare forms of angioedema can be induced by "trauma" so be gentle. Some forms of angioedema are idiopathic and the trigger is not known. Frequently angioedema is associated with hives and may be from an allergic trigger.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What is angioedema?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 42 years experience
SEVERE HIVES: Angioedema is the rapid swelling of the skin, including the dermis, deep dermis, mucosa, and subcutaneous tissue. If angioedema is acquired, it is usually caused by an allergy; if it is hereditary, it is due to a genetic mutation. The skin of the face, around the mouth, throat, and the tongue may swell up over the period of minutes to several hours. It may be a medical emergency.
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A 92-year-old member asked:

What is angioedema? Causes? Cures?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Swelling: Angioedema is essentially a bad form of hives. The mechanism of action is usually similar, but angioedema is the result of a stronger allergic response effecting larger blood vessels. So not just your skin swells, but deeper tissue. If in the throat this can be serious. Acute treatment similar to hives: antihistamine, epinephrine, steroids. A special kind is caused from ace inhibitors.
Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine 58 years experience
In more rare cases, there is a hereditary form of angioedema that is not itching. It can be serious and there are three types
Aug 27, 2012
Last updated May 13, 2014
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