Angioedema Treatment Crofton, MD
Angioedema is a skin condition with symptoms similar to hives (often called “welts”) which develop in response to certain triggers. Angioedema is distinguished from hives primarily by swelling that occurs beneath the surface of the skin. Surface level welts and swelling may still occur, but they are not nearly as prominent as what goes on below the skin.
Triggers of angioedema are often common allergy triggers such as pet dander, food , or insect bites. The condition may also be triggered by certain infections or drugs, including antibiotics, NSAIDS, and some blood pressure medications. Those with existing allergic conditions, family history of angioedema, or who have a disorder which may cause angioedema are thought to be at greater risk.
Symptoms of Angioedema
- Swelling/redness/warmth in the hands, feet, lips, eyes, or tongue
- Tightness of the throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Pain in the affected areas
- Pain or cramping in the abdomen
Preventing angioedema is not always easy, but symptoms may be reduced by minimizing exposure to potential triggers. Wearing a face mask outside may keep pollen particles and similar triggers from entering your airways. Keeping a clean house and using an air filter may also limit exposure to potential airborne triggers. Allergy testing may be advised to identify specific triggers and learn how to better avoid them.
Treatment of Angioedema
While many minor cases may not require treatment, severe cases of angioedema can become life-threatening by constricting the airways. In cases where medical attention is needed, it is common for a doctor to prescribe antihistamines or anti-inflammatory medications such as corticosteroids.
Carrying an epinephrine autoinjector or inhalant medications to immediately open the airways may also be a recommended treatment option. Although many cases of angioedema are nothing more than mild irritation, the risk of having constricted airways is serious and those with difficulty breathing should immediately seek medical attention. Request more information about angioedema today. Call (410) 469-6112 or contact Dr. Janelle Love online.
Janelle M. Love, MD
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Arnold, MD 21012
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