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If I have once had an allergic reaction (angioedema) to a kiwi, will i for certain have one again?

If I have once had an allergic reaction (angioedema) to a kiwi, will i for certain have one again?

Quite likely : Each repeated exposure to the same allergen (kiwi, in this case) can cause a more severe allergy reaction each time. It would be wise to avoid kiwis for a while. The good news is that there are some food allergic reactions that can decrease in time, as with egg allergies. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Is angioedema classified as an allergic reaction or an adverse reaction?

Is angioedema classified as an allergic reaction or an adverse reaction?

Swelling: Angioedema is a medical term for swelling of the deep layers of the skin. Angioedema can be due to a number of different reasons and is not alway due to an allergy. In some cases, angioedema can be life threatening. An evaluation by an allergist can help determine the cause of angioedema. ...Read more

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41 year-old woman having lupus-like symptoms, angioedema and low complement levels.....?

41 year-old woman having lupus-like symptoms, angioedema and low complement levels.....?

Lupus: This sounds like a diagnosis of lupus. Finish and additional work up and be seen by a rheumatologist and.other needed sub specialist. All the best. ...Read more

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I've had chronic hives for 2 yrs. Dr cannot find cause. What are chances of me suffering from angioedema and having a severe reaction?

I've had chronic hives for 2 yrs. Dr cannot find cause. What are chances of me suffering from angioedema  and having a severe reaction?

Angioedema ; hives: Sometimes it's not possible to pinpoint the cause of hives and angioedema, especially when these conditions become chronic or recur.Hereditary angioedema is a rare inherited form of the condition. It's related to low levels or abnormal functioning of certain blood proteins (c1 inhibitors) that play a role in regulating how your immune system functions. Get an allergy test and blood work test. ...Read more

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Hives/angioedema abruptly 12 days post-microdiskectomy. Night sweats since surgery too. All infection tests (-). Delayed drug reaction? Off all meds.

Hives/angioedema abruptly 12 days post-microdiskectomy. Night sweats since surgery too. All infection tests (-). Delayed drug reaction? Off all meds.

Please see your MD: who might refer you to an allergist/immunologist. With angioedema you should keep epinephrine handy. The allergist will sift through history and try to find a cause, which isn't present for most cases. Good luck ...Read more

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My mom gets angioedema, so am I likely to get it later? Is she allergic to something?

My mom gets angioedema, so am I likely to get it later? Is she allergic to something?

Angioedema: In 80% cause we dont know what s causing it. It s a form of chronic urticaria. There is a chance you may develop this, higher that the rest of population. You may never develop it whatsoever, if it happens go see a dermatologist to see if can identify a cause and establish proper diagnosis. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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What other possible DX would there be if I've been told I don't fit hereditary or allergic angioedema profiles?

Need more info: With clinical presentation, one would be unlikely to have both hereditary and allergic angioedema in the same differential. The hallmark of one is lack of pruritis, and the other is pruritis. ...Read more

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Age 30, angioedema as a result of seafood or Motrin after a lifetime of consumption/use. Is it likely a second exposure would be more serious?

EpiPen (epinephrine): Yes- the next expsure could be critical. I suggest an allergic medical consultation, a medi-alert card or necklace and have your physician prescribe an EpiPen (epinephrine) for life threatneing allergic reactions. Get an expert opinion-ASAP. ...Read more

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What can I do to avoid angioedema?

Depends on cause: Angioedema (swelling of lips/tongue/etc) can be caused by a specific trigger (food, medication, infection), or can also be idiopathic (unknown cause). There are also hereditary forms of angioedema. You should see an allergist to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Can kissing cause angioedema?

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. ...Read more

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What cause hereditary angioedema?

HAE: Hereditary angioedema (hae) is caused by a an uncontrolled activation of a complex cascade of proteins called complement. Hae is a result of a deficiency or lack of functional c1 esterase inhibitor protein. Some patients are born with this problem while other may acquire a lack of c1 esterase inhibitor from an underlying disease such as cancer. There are new treatments available. ...Read more

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What are typical ways to prevent the onset of angioedema?

Avoid triggers, meds: Angioedema can be caused by an allergy to foods & medicines and prevention means avoiding the offending trigger. Angioedema can also be caused by an underlying condition & treatment of that condition decreases angioedema attacks. Angioedema can also be hereditary but sometimes no cause is found. In those cases, medications & blood products can prevent or decrease attacks. ...Read more

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How to get rid of angioedema?

How to get rid of angioedema?

See an allergist: No all angioedema is allergic and some forms do not response to epinephrine, steroids or antihistamines. I would recommend evaluation by an allergist to help pinpoint the cause of angioedema. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for angioedema?

Depends: There are numerous causes of angioedema from food allergy to medication reaction to genetic disease. Dependent upon the cause of the angioedema the treatment will vary. ...Read more

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Are angioedema and gastro paresis related ?

No: Two different issues- one involves swelling under the skin , the other slowing of the intestinal tract. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have angioedema or urticaria?

Blood tests: It is not an issue for self diagnosis as it requires blood tests to diagnose angioedema. ...Read more

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Why do angioedema and hives usually happen together?

Hives/Angioedema: Both are typically triggered by the same mechanism which is the release of histamine from mast cells and basophils. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get angioedema off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get angioedema off and on?

Could be : Hae or hereditary angioedema is a genetic swelling disease due to deficiency or dysfuntion in a protein called c1 inhibitor. Typical symptoms include recurrent swelling without hives and unexplained abdominal pain that typically lasts 3-5 days on average. Each child of a parent with hae has a 50% risk of having the disease and it should not skip generations. An allergist can help. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more


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Angioedema (Definition)

A condition in which swelling occurs under the skin. Angioedema is due to fluid leaking from blood vessels usually due to an ...Read more