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If it's not angioedema, what else could it be? In the past month I have had several incidents of spontaneous facial swelling - twice my lips, twice my tongue, once my chin and once my cheek. I went to the ER only for the tongue swelling. I was told i ha

If it's not angioedema, what else could it be? In the past month I have had several incidents of spontaneous facial swelling - twice my lips, twice my tongue, once my chin and once my cheek.  I went to the ER only for the tongue swelling.  I was told i ha

There : There are several form of angioedema includung several forms of the hereditary type. I am surprised that this has surfaced just at this age and for it to be hae. I would advise seeing an allergist versed in the causes of angioedema to sort out the cause here. Note if hae- Epinephrine will not work and oral Prednisone should be of no help. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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C-1 inh is <40% of the expected norm but C4 level normal, wats this mean?Does this mean hav hereditary angioedema?Hx of swelling tongue, nose, lips, vomit

C-1 inh is <40% of the expected norm but C4 level normal, wats this mean?Does this mean hav hereditary angioedema?Hx of swelling tongue, nose, lips, vomit

Can't rule out: A normal c4 would be unusual for hae. You don't mention whether c1 inh level was functional activity or level of protein. Functional (activity) complement tests are extremely dependent on the way the specimen is handled. Both tests should probably be repeated. To sort things out, you should see a board-certified allergist immunologist. ...Read more

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What is causing my tongue swelling?

What is causing my tongue swelling?

Many possibilities: I would recommend seeing your doctor so that you can be tested for possible causes of angioedema. ...Read more

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What causes tongue swelling a year after it was pierced?

What causes tongue swelling a year after it was pierced?

It depends: But the most likely problems are infection or a contact allergy to the stud. ...Read more

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Average time for tongue swelling to go down after partial glossectomy?

Average time for tongue swelling to go down after partial glossectomy?

Months: Three to six weeks for 50 - 75 % reduction. 6 - 12 months for almost all residual soft tissue swelling to resolve ...Read more

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I have severe tongue swelling both at home and when I'm away. No med changes in years. No food-related patterns. Always feel numbness 1st. Causes??

I have severe tongue swelling both at home and when I'm away. No med changes in years. No food-related patterns. Always feel numbness 1st. Causes??

Angioedema: this can be critical. some antihypertensive medications can be associated it and some NSAIDs cause it too, I suggest you see an allergist for some blood work and if currently swollen, seek medical attention immediately. You need to have some test to check your type of angioedema, it is likely to be idiopathic. if the attacks are frequent, a daily antihistamine such as Zyrtec or Allegra (fexofenadine) help ...Read more

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What causes tongue swelling?

Many things: Dr. Kwok's answer is thorough. Keep in mind tongue swelling *can* be a life threatening problem if severe. If you have severe swelling, feel like you are having trouble breathing, call 911 or head to the er. If you take an ace-inhibitor (lisinopril or other -pril medicine) make sure you get this checked out asap as those medicines can cause a very rare but serious allergic reaction. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce tongue swelling?

What can I do to reduce tongue swelling?

Nothing: Nothing works for tongue swelling - not epinephrine, antihistamines, steroids, etc. - all you can do is wait for the swelling to go down, and see an allergist to try to figure out why your tongue is swelling in the first place. ...Read more

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How to make tongue swelling go away fast?

How to make tongue swelling go away fast?

See your doctor: First, you need to be evaluated for the cause of angioedema before treatments can be suggested. ...Read more

Dr. Douglas Johnston
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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. Jan Lei Iwata
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Tongue Swelling (Definition)

Tongue swelling may occur due to infection, autoimmune disease, trauma to the tongue, ...Read more