Angioedema is the swelling under the skin instead of being on the surface. It may be caused due to an allergic reaction. During the allergy the body releases histamine when the immune system detects a foreign material called an allergen. The swelling is visible on the lips, eyes and face. The symptoms include swelling, voice changes, breathing trouble and abdominal pain.
HOW IS ANGIOEDEMA DIAGNOSED?
A general physician can diagnose angioedema by the clinical picture. Routine blood tests are also performed.
HOW IS ANGIOEDEMA TREATED?
Primary aim of treatment for angioedema is to reduce and prevent swelling and reduce pain or discomfort. Anti-histamine drugs may be given to bring down the allergy. In severe cases of laryngeal angioedema, surgical intervention may be required.
DID YOU KNOW?
Angioedema ranks as the top allergic disorder resulting in hospitalization in the US.