Angioedema is the swelling of the deeper layers of skin usually on the hands, feet and face. If angioedema occurs in the throat, normal breathing can be blocked causing anaphylaxis (fatal allergic reaction). Angioedema can also cause swelling of the lips and eyes. Symptoms usually last 1 to 2 days.
Types of Angioedema
Hereditary Angioedema - rare and not triggered by an allergic reaction
Diagnosis and Treatment
Angioedema can be diagnosed by a medical physician, dermatologist or allergist. Since angioedema can result in airway obstruction or suffocation seek medical attention immediately. When the cause of angioedema is an allergic reaction, epinephrine may help relieve symptoms.
For more information about angioedema or to schedule an appointment with an immunologist at Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center, call 205-871-9661.