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What is angioedema?

What is angioedema?

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

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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 causes angioedema?

What causes angioedema?

ALLERGY OR GENETIC: 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. ...Read more

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Tell me about angioedema please?

Tell me about angioedema please?

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

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What is angioedema? Causes? Cures?

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 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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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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What is the definition or description of: angioedema?

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

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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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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