Angioedema

(Angioneurotic Edema; Hereditary Angioedema)

Definition

Angioedema is a common condition that involves swelling beneath the surface of the skin with or without redness. Angioedema can occur around the eyelids and lips, or on the face, hands, feet, or genitalia. Since this condition can cause swelling of the airways, it is important that you seek medical care if you think you have angioedema.

Causes

Angioedema is often associated with urticaria (hives). It can be caused by:
  • Foods such as fruits, shellfish, and nuts
  • Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), ACE inhibitors, ARB inhibitors, penicillin, aspirin, and morphine
  • Infection
  • Inhaled substances such as pollens, mold spores, and animal dander
  • Certain diseases such as hyperthyroidism , cancer , and rheumatic fever
  • Environment such as cold, heat, and water
  • Skin contact with plants, animals, or medications
  • Skin disease
  • Family history
Hives
Splotchy body rash -adult
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Risk Factors

This condition is more common in women and people who are 30-60 years of age. Factors that may increase your chances of developing angioedema include:

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