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What can I do to try and prevent idiopathic angioedema attacks? Mine occur every 1-2 months

What can I do to try and prevent idiopathic angioedema attacks? Mine occur every 1-2 months

See allergist: Consult an allergy/immunology specialist who can test for underlying conditions which cause angioedema (ae). If any exist then treating the underlying condition will prevent ae. If no underlying cause found then there are many medications which can be used in combination to control the ae. There are several new meds available for ae which may be useful. ...Read more

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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


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What are typical ways to prevent the onset of angioedema?

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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What sort of problem is angioedema?

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 more

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Whats hereditary angioedema?

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 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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Can anyone have hereditary angioedema?

Can anyone have hereditary angioedema?

Yes: Hereditary angioedema types 1 and 2 have a very strong genetic component and typically runs in families. However, spontaneous mutations can occur and hae i and ii can occur on anyone. ...Read more

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What causes hereditary angioedema to occur?

What causes hereditary angioedema to occur?

Abnl or absent prote: Hae is the result of missing or a poorly functioning protein called c1 esterase inhibitor. When this protein is missing or abnormal then a patient may to prone to swelling problems which can be life threatening. ...Read more

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Do people with angioedema have a lot of pain?

Do people with angioedema have a lot of pain?

Not necesarily: Depends which part of the body is involved. Most of the cases you will feel itching and swelling. Scratching that area will lead to progressively worse swelling. ...Read more

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Anyone here treat hereditary angioedema(hae)?

Anyone here treat hereditary angioedema(hae)?

allergists can help: There been exciting and new pharmaceutical options developed for the treatment of acute attacks of hereditary angioedema. Typically board certified allergists are well-versed in the diagnosis and management of hereditary angioedema. ...Read more

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