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Dr. Douglas Johnston
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Angioedema (Definition)

A condition in which swelling occurs under the skin. Angioedema is due to fluid leaking from blood vessels usually due to an ...Read more


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Can my thyroid start working again and cause me to get hives and angiodema if I take my thyroid medicine-my throat swells but not fully?

Can my thyroid start working again and cause me to get hives and angiodema if I take my thyroid medicine-my throat swells but not fully?

Question?: The question is unclear. Do you mean that thyroid pill helped or triggered your angioedema and hives? If you take thyroid replacement, the thyroid would reduce or stop producing thyroid hormone. ...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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Can I get angioedema from botox? I don't have asthma.

Can I get angioedema from botox? I don't have asthma.

Not likely: Although an allergic reaction to Botox can occur, it is very, very rare. In fact since the introduction of Botox over 10 years ago there has not been even one reported case of a severe allergy. ...Read more

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Are daily hives breakouts a common symptom of angioedema?

Are daily hives breakouts a common symptom of angioedema?

They can be: Chronic hives are thought to be an autoimmune reaction to the cells that make histamine, and can be associated with swelling of the lips and tongue. This type of angioedema is usually itchy and rarely affects the back of the throat or causes trouble breathing. The hereditary form of angioedema does not cause hives and does not itch, but can cause trouble breathing. See an allergist for more info. ...Read more

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When does prophylaxis for hereditary angioedema become necessary?

It depends: Great question. It really depends on two factors: 1. The severity of the reactions, and 2. The frequency of the reactions. When the reactions become too severe and/or too frequent, prophylactic treatment is recommended. Now, what does too severe/frequent mean? It depends on the person. Ultimately, when the reactions impact a patient's daily life, it's time to consider prophylaxis. ...Read more

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Are there any serious potential complications of urticaria and angioedema?

Are there any serious potential complications of urticaria and angioedema?

Depends on cause: The risk of severe laryngeal swelling or throat swelling depends on the cause of your hives and swelling. This risk can be high in food/ drug allergy but may be low some chronic hive disorder. An accurate diagnosis can help stratify risk. ...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 don't 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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Why would she be breaking out with hives everyday. She was diagnosed with angioedema.?

Severe allergic Dx: Hyper allergic response. I don't know who or what age person you are speaking about, but a combination of zyrtec (cetirizine) and rantidine, appropriate for size and age will usually work. An allergy work up should be undertaken. ...Read more

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I have angioedema and emphysema what is usually perscibed for angioedema? I have had it for 6 months already.

Angioedema: In mild cases of angioedema, longer-lasting antihistamines are frequently given. More moderate angioedema may require something like corticosteroids. Medicines which block h1 and h2 are also used for treatment in cases that do not seem to go away as easily. The most important thing to do is to avoid triggers which cause angioedema. ...Read more

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I've been suffering with chronic idiopathic urticaria & Angioedema for 6 months now. I still need 1/2 a tablet of 25 mg every 48 hrs. Want to cure it.

Urticaria/angioedema: The chronic idiopathic type (if no cause is found) can last much longer, and resolves on its own, and nobody can predict when exactly will it resolve, most important is symptom control. You mentioned half a tablet of the 25 mg every 48 hours!! of which drug? If it is an antihistaminic of any kind, that's a minimal dose and probably you won't need more, if it is a steroid, better taper it, C ur MD ...Read more

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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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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?

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 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's 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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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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How to get rid of angioedema?

How to get rid of angioedema?

See an allergist: No all angioedema is allergic and some forms do not response to epinephrine, steroids or antihistamines. I would recommend evaluation by an allergist to help pinpoint the cause of angioedema. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for angioedema?

Depends: There are numerous causes of angioedema from food allergy to medication reaction to genetic disease. Dependent upon the cause of the angioedema the treatment will vary. ...Read more

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Are angioedema and gastro paresis related?

No: Two different issues- one involves swelling under the skin, the other slowing of the intestinal tract. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have angioedema or urticaria?

Blood tests: It is not an issue for self diagnosis as it requires blood tests to diagnose angioedema. ...Read more

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Why do angioedema and hives usually happen together?

Hives/Angioedema: Both are typically triggered by the same mechanism which is the release of histamine from mast cells and basophils. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get angioedema off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get angioedema off and on?

Could be: Hae or hereditary angioedema is a genetic swelling disease due to deficiency or dysfuntion in a protein called c1 inhibitor. Typical symptoms include recurrent swelling without hives and unexplained abdominal pain that typically lasts 3-5 days on average. Each child of a parent with hae has a 50% risk of having the disease and it should not skip generations. An allergist can help. ...Read more

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Should I go to the ER for a possible first occurrence of angioedema?

Facial swelling: If the swelling compromises your upper airways or causes significant abdominal symptoms such as vomiting or pain, then you should be seen in the er. Otherwise followup with an allergist is recommended. ...Read more

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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

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How do doctors treat urticaria and angioedema?

Antihistamines: Most physicians will treat urticaria with antihistamines. Often this requires higher than standard doses. In severe cases of angioedema, physicians often prescribe injectable epinephrine. Sometimes steroids are used to get the hives under control but often switched as soon as possible. It is helpful to see an allergist to try and identify any allergic triggers. ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

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