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Is angioedema classified as an allergic reaction or an adverse reaction?

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Dr. Douglas Johnston
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Swelling

Angioedema is a medical term for swelling of the deep layers of the skin.
Angioedema can be due to a number of different reasons and is not alway due to an allergy. In some cases, angioedema can be life threatening. An evaluation by an allergist can help determine the cause of angioedema.

In brief: Swelling

Angioedema is a medical term for swelling of the deep layers of the skin.
Angioedema can be due to a number of different reasons and is not alway due to an allergy. In some cases, angioedema can be life threatening. An evaluation by an allergist can help determine the cause of angioedema.
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Dr. John Overholt
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Can be either

Allergic reactions can cause angioedema.
This is seen not infrequently in severe food allergies to peanut, tree nuts, and shellfish. The class of antihypertensives called ace inhibitors can also precipitate angioedema, but via a non-allergic mechanism. This would be classified as an adverse reaction.

In brief: Can be either

Allergic reactions can cause angioedema.
This is seen not infrequently in severe food allergies to peanut, tree nuts, and shellfish. The class of antihypertensives called ace inhibitors can also precipitate angioedema, but via a non-allergic mechanism. This would be classified as an adverse reaction.
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