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Tingling, swelling in lips, spread to cheeks. Taking antihistamine. History of HIV. Causes?

I have a friend who is kind of stubborn. 2 days ago he woke with tingling lips , and the right side of lips swollen, then spread to left. I suggested an antihistimine and call the dr, in which he did. They called back and suggested the same. 2nd day lower lips were better but upper lip still swollen, spread to cheeks. 3rd day lips a little better and swelling has seemed to move higher on cheek bone. Still taking antihistimine. Trying to get him to Dr, hopefully today he will go. He had this happen last year on a motorcycle trip, thought it was a bug bite . Any idea what is causing this. Additional concern is that he is HIV positive, he is 67 years old.
Asked On : Tue, 24 Jul 2012
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Infectious Diseases Specialist 's  Response
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I am also suspecting allergic reaction, could be to food or contact allergy. I suggest Tab Allegra 120 mg once daily for a week. If does not reduce, consult a skin specialist and get the swelling examined.
HIV status has to be tested by blood test only. I suggest you get in touch with your GP who can guide you regarding HIV testing and interpretation.
Answered: Fri, 18 Oct 2013
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