Angioedema

What is Angioedema?

Recurrent large circumscribed areas of subcutaneous or mucosal edema of sudden onset, usually disappearing within 24 hours; frequently, an allergic reaction to foods or drugs.

Questions and answers on "Angioedema"

I am a 34 year old female which leads a fairly healthy lifestyle.
About a couple of years ago I had chest pain - feeling like GI reflux, discomfort from the sternum to my throat. I had an endoscopy and everything was within normal limits. I do have a history of sporadic (absent for several years) angioedema of the face. A physician mentioned I may also have angioedema of the esophagus. The chest pain have appeared again. I am making sure I chew my food completely and eat simple non spicy foods. I had significant and immediate pain when I swallowed a handful of vitamins and supplements the other day.
-wouldn't angioedema show up in the endoscopy if I had symptoms hour before the procedure?
-angioedema of the esophagus similar to GI reflux symptoms?
- any other thoughts or opinions would be appreciated

doctor1 MD

Hello

Thanks for the query

What you are currently suffering from looks like gastro esophageal reflux more so because you are taking aspirin and azithromycin both of which are known to cause this problem. I advice you to do the following

1. Take aspirin after meals and also discuss wit the doctor...

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Hi I am 41 year old female. In sept I was dianosed witha ful left leg dvt and placed on warfarin with weekly bloodtests for dose. 9 days ago I was put in hospital for 5 day with anaphalxis and have on going probs with angioedema . I have been on prednisone, clexane injections and ranitidine . My dr reintroduced warfarin yesterday and once again this morning I had swollen lips narrowing throat and swollen hands and feet, she has stopped the warfarin and increased my prednisone to 40mg per day from 20. I have been googling for all I am worth to try and find a connection to warfarin and angioedema and have had no success. My Dr has refered me back to hematology and our local hospital for the blood thinner situations, I guess my queiries is why (I know, the Why question) and is there something else I could be doing to relieve this new never for me ailment?

doctor1 MD

Hello.any drug can cause urticaria or angioedema due to hypersensitivity or idiosyncracy.Ask ur haemotologist to change the drug and in the mean time rule out any food allergens

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I'm 31 years old and since I was 19 I have had episodes of angiodema and hives lasting from 5 years, to 6 months, etc.. on and off. I've been tested for Thyroid along the way with no signs of deficiency.. I"m back on an episode now and It's been 5 months. I have to be on steroids and 50mg histamine in order to have some sort of control of both the angiodema and hives and yet, they still show. I wish someone some where could tell me what causes this. I have had an immune and allergy specialist in XXXXXXX hills for the last 5 years and no one can tell me what causes this....

doctor1 MD

Hi

Thanks for the query

Angioedema is an allergic condition characterized by swelling just below the surface of the skin, usually around the lips and eyes. During an allergic reaction lots of chemical mediators of inflammation are released, histamine is one of them, which causes blood vessels to...

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Hello! My child was diagnosed with Hereditary Angioedema Type III. Symptoms started around the age of 7, so far no treatment has been successful. She has been receiving Cinryze medication therapy every three days for about a month, however we are not sure if the medication is helping. Primarily because she still has swelling every few days even on the days she receives the Cinryze. Frequency of the swelling is sporadic. She has not tested positive for the Hereditary Angioedema, however other females in the family have symptoms and one tested positive for the Hereditary Angioedema. How long should the medicine be taken to know if it is working? Do you know how or what information we should compare to determine if the Cinryze is helping? If our findings show the Cinryze is not helping, could that mean she doesn't have Hereditary Angioedema. What could this illness be?

doctor1 MD

Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
Angioedema is an allergic condition characterized by swelling just below the surface of the skin, usually around the lips and eyes. During an allergic reaction lots of chemical mediators of inflammation are released, histamine is one of them, which causes...

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I have swelling in the genitals, buttocks and lower lip. My internist thought if must be an allergy to amedication
because the swelling is not in my ankles. I am 74 years old and had a heart virus which has now healed itself.
I also have hemochromotosis? which my doctor is monitoring. Do you have any suggestions as to the swelling

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Thanks for writing to us.
From the description it seems, you could be having angioedema.
Angioedema is swelling of mucosa, deep dermis tissue and subcutaneous tissue. It may be associated with swelling in lips, genitalia, tongue, eyes etc with feeling of heaviness, stinging sensation,...

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I have recently in the last few days. On my upper cheek bone there is puffiness and it is a little red. No pain or anything just doesnt look very good

doctor1 MD

Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The redness and swelling of the cheek is likely to be due to angioedema. Angioedema is an allergic condition characterized by swelling just below the surface of the skin. Angioedema is a much deeper swelling, occasionally leading to breathing difficulty....

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i got bit by a flying insect in danville indiana area about 8 hours or so ago, now it bit me behind the lower part of ear on my head, and now my lower and upper part of neck and down to the collar bone is very tender and feels swollen, i also feel dizzy/ nausea . dont know if i should see the ER or just wait it out, i used ice and took some ibprofen...plz help

doctor1 MD

Hello,
Do get checked for your vital signs immediately and thos could be an angioedema.The doctor would give you an Intramuscular Avil with Decadron 8mg which will cause the lesions to subside.After monitoring your vitals he would give you prescription of oral steroids and antihistamines and if...

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I continue to wake up with swollen mouth lips, can be my upper lip or lower lip always happens while I am sleeping, I sleep fine, no problem falling asleep. Sometimes its my tongue but it gets so swollen I look disfigured and takes 24 - 48 hrs to go down, it does not hurt or itch or bleed or get blistered. Someone told me its stess I my brain keeps going even though I think I am sleeping fine, not crazy dreams and not restless. It can b e so annoying cause I never know when it is going to happen

doctor1 MD

Hello,

Without examining you, my best guess is that you may have angioedema. It is a swelling of tissues that is common in the face. It can effect the lips and tongue. Angioedema can be painful or it can be asymptomatic - without pain. It has the potential to be very severe or disfiguring as you...

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I have swelling in both sides of my face in front of the ear and it circles to the back of my ear. Somedays it's small, other days in very large..I have seen a number of specialist with no answers. I have had a lot of blood work done but nothing is showing up. I am not in any pain but I do have headaches occasionally. Could you please tell me what to do and if this is ever going to go away...I am very confused!!!!!

doctor1 MD

Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.

It seems that you are suffering from angioedema. Angioedema is an allergic condition characterized by swelling just below the surface of the skin. During an allergic reaction lots of chemical mediators of inflammation are released, histamine is one of them,...

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Hello, Is it possible for a female (age 14) to have Hereditary Angioedema, if she has facial, lip, tongue, hands, vaginal, behind knees, and feet swelling (non pitting) where it occurs off and on throughout every day with abdominal pain, lasting from a few hours to several days in a row without relief? There has been testing that does not prove she has the deficiency, however her (age 23) first cousin (undiagnosed for 10 years) who's a twin has the same swelling coming and going daily with the abdominal pain. It is difficult for the 14 year old to be alert and responsive during episodes and she sleeps for several hours appearing lethargic. Steroids, allergy medicine and Epinephrine are not effective. Symptoms have been present for over 8 years affecting her daily living. Could this be a different illness?

doctor1 MD

Hi,

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

Yes it is possible to have Hereditary Angioedema.

On and off swellings of these body parts are may be due to angioedema.

If there is any underlying structural anomalies like hemangiomas, the swellings will be permanent and they don't appear and...

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Hi my name is Brandie I am a 30 year old female. I have been suffering with auto immune urticaria and angioedema for 6 months now. I have seen a lot of doctors and have had a lot of blood work done. They have tested me for lupus and hepatitis which all came back negative. However, my liver enzymes are elevated along with my neutrophils. I have tried every antihistamine and none have worked for me yet. My next med change will consist of dapsone. My question is I had an IUD inserted 4 years ago is there any chance this may be the cause of my issues?

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I was diagnosed with chronic idiopathic angioedema about 2 years ago. It has been well controlled with antihistamines but it is back! I am VERY frustrated and scared. It has started to affect my breathing at times and I am terrified to leave the house without my epipen. I just ran across some info on h pylori and angioedema. Do any of you have any experience with angioedema and h pylori?

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My 92 year old mother has pulmonary hypertension . The new drug her doctor wants can cause angioedema . What are the signs of angioedema & how can it be treated?

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Hi Docs, I may have skin allergy(hive). Waiting for Ige test report. But whenever I used to in take allergy causing food ,I had to take medecine to avoid skin iching. This is about last night, I took normal chapati and ladyfinger dish in dinner....

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my 16 month old daughter has angieodema, antihistermines are not making it any better. since shes been born she has always got bad laryngitus and loses her voice and often stops breathing when she cries so we have to blow in her face to make her breath. she is always coming out in a rash that is unexplained and doctors dont seem to know what it is. i was told yesterday it is angioedema, however nothing else was said. could the laryngitus be part of this? and how am i meant to help her when the antihistermines are not working

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