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Frequent swelling in lips, occasional tingling. Could this be food allergy?

In the past few weeks I have woken up with swollen lips 3 times. I ve has helped and the swelling has gone down. Today they feel a little tingly And irritated. Swelling has gone down. I have not worn make up for 2 weeks and have only used vasoline or Ice for relief. Could this be a new food allergy?email YYYY@YYYY . My name is Rachel and I am a 30 year old female.
Asked On : Fri, 11 Jan 2013
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Hello Rachel,
Food allergy with lip tingling and swelling (angioedema) is likely provided you get the feeling immediately after eating the 'offending' food.
Any foods can cause this, but has to be almost immediately or within the hour.
Blood pressure pills such as enalapril, captopril, trandolapril, lisinopril etc so please ensure your current medications are checked with your doctor if you are on any..

If now food allergies are unlikely, then this is idiopathic angioedema and you need to be on cetirizine 10mg once daily for 1 month to see if this recurs.
If it still recurs on antihistamine, please get complement proteins C3 C4 leves checked.

Best Wishes.
Answered: Sun, 13 Jan 2013
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