Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
170 Doctors are Online

Suffer from swollen lips and feeling pulsation. Had bouts of angioedema. Taken cetirizine. Having itching all over face. Treatment?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2011
Answered : 589 Questions
Hi i am a 26/F, dentist by profession, i have had several bouts of angioedema, though i have not got it checked yet, but the symptoms are pretty much the same as i have read in oral pathology.
My lips tend to swell up for no reason, usually at night, it starts with a feeling of pulsation in the area. that's how i know it will swell up. I take a cetirizine, and sometimes it stops, sometimes it doesn't.
Affected my lip 3 years back once
In the past 2 months, the occurrence has been very frequent, like twice in a month.
Since a month, my hands sometimes feel itchy and swell up a bit especially when i am in the clinic.
Most recent account was 4 days back, i had a fever (101.5 C), i took a paracetamol ( Crocin Advance) and slept, The next morning my lips were swollen, fever was 99.9 i took another paracetamol after meals, then slept, i woke up at 4pm with itching all over my face, scalp and body. My left undereye area was swollen, left part of forehead was swollen, lip swelling had subsided. Went to a physician, she advised me Lorfast MT for 5days. The swelling went away next day.
Since that day, my eyeballs feel tender on pressing lightly with finger.
What is the diagnosis doctors? and how should i go about my treatment?
Posted Sun, 14 Jul 2013 in Blood Disorders
Answered by Dr. Guru 1 hour later

Your problem may possibly be due to allergy to some things which is strongly supported by control of symptoms by antihistamines like cetrizine, loratidine. These allergens need to be carefully identified by you in daily life. The allergy may also be due to paracetamol based on your description. We can get a confirmation by doing skin-prick tests which will be useful to know about IgE-mediated allergy. A number of tests including RAST tests and ELISA tests measure allergen-specific IgE in the serum.

For these kind of problems, identification and avoidance of the possible allergens itself is the mainline of treatment. Antihistamines are used only to give symptomatic relief.

Hope this helps!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Lab Tests

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Hematologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor