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Health Tip: Some Facts About Angioedema

Health Tip: Some Facts About Angioedema

09/07/11

(HealthDay News) -- Angioedema is the medical term for hive-like swelling beneath the skin. It's often caused by an allergic reaction.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine mentions these common triggers for angioedema:

  • Outdoor allergens, such as pollen.
  • Animal dander.
  • Exposure to significant heat, cold, sunlight or water.
  • Foods that cause allergies in many people, such as milk, nuts, shellfish or eggs.
  • An insect bite or sting.
  • Certain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), blood pressure drugs, and certain antibiotics such as penicillin.

If someone has difficulty breathing in addition to the swelling, seek emergency medical treatment immediately.

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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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