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Allergy or not: Angioedema such as swelling of the tongue or lips can occur as the result of an allergy to food or medication. It is usually associated with hives (urticaria). The presence of hives essentially rules out the allergic cause making hereditary or acquired c-1 inhibitor deficiency likely. However, the lack of hives does not rule out allergy. See an allergist for further evaluation either way! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Swelling: Angioedema is a swelling of tissues. Some cases can be shown to be a lack of a particular enzyme, but the mild angioedema that occasionally causes swelling of the tongue or eyelid is not life threatening and usually can't be diagnosed. Angioedema is not hives; if it itches, it is not angioedema. Your allergist can help figure out what is going on, and help you if it is treatable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
Abrupt Swelling: Angioedema (ae) abrupt swelling or edema or the dermis, subcutaneous tissue, mucosa, and submucosal tissue, caused by increase of vascular permeability. Ae can be either acquired or hereditary. Hereditary aeis secondary to a genetic mutation that is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. Acquired ae is secondary to other causes, including medications such as angiotensin inhibitors. ...Read more
Deep swelling: 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, antihistamines and h2 blockers. ...Read more
Genetic disorder: HAE is genetic disorder resulting in unpredictable swelling of any part of the body. It is not caused by histamine, but a chemical caused bradykinin. When released in uncontrolled manner the part of the body where this occurs swells. Swelling occurs within 6-36 hours and if untreated resolves in 2-5 days. There is now a replacement enzyme for Type I and II. 4 on demand meds are FDA approved. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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