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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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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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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.....?

?: Low complement levels can result from auto-immune activity and consumption, angioedema can co-exist with auto-immune disorders, hereditary angioedema though is different, here only C4 is low, and not necessarily accompanied by an auto-immune disorder, kindly see a rheumatologist/allergist for evaluation, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, wish you wellness ...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?

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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Angioedema (Definition)

Angioedema is swelling that occurs under the skin. Hives are very similar but hives occur in the skin layer. Angioedema is due to fluid leaking from blood vessels usually due to an allergy or genetic abnormality. Treatment includes steroids, ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Allergic reactions are 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