Hereditary Angioedema is a very rare type of genetic disorder or condition where there is swelling of the skin across different body parts. Usually one is born with this disorder. The common symptoms here include swelling of the skin at random places and this can also lead to blocking your airways and pushing organs into a compact zone, thus making things life-threatening.
HOW IS HEREDITARY ANGIOEDEMA DIAGNOSED?
The health care practitioner will perform a physical examination and ask for details of medical and family history to diagnose the condition. The doctor may suggest some blood tests which will check:
• C1 inhibitor function
• C1 inhibitor level
• Complement components C4
HOW IS HEREDITARY ANGIOEDEMA TREATED?
The usual treatment for Hereditary Angioedema is to administer an intravenous injection called C1 esterase inhibitor. After giving this medicine, the doctor may advise you to get the injections given at home on your own. Some internal medicines may also be prescribed.
DID YOU KNOW?
There's no cure for HAE, but new treatments have made it possible for people to manage their symptoms and enjoy active lives. Genetic counseling may be helpful for prospective parents with a family history of hereditary angioedema.