Angioedema is a skin reaction similar to hives, but it causes swelling under the skin. Though angioedema may develop from many causes, allergies are a common trigger. If you’re experiencing angioedema or other allergy symptoms, Suresh Anand, MD, FACP, FCCP, and Miriam Anand, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. can help. The experienced team uses advanced diagnostic testing and tools to determine the underlying cause of your angioedema. To schedule an appointment, contact the office in Tempe, Mesa, or Chandler, Arizona, by phone or book online today.
With angioedema, skin rapidly swells due to an accumulation of fluids beneath the skin or mucosa.
The swelling may affect your lips, eyes, hands, feet, or throat. You may also develop hives with your angioedema. Hives are fluid-filled welts or red spots that occur on the surface of your skin that may be painful or itchy.
Though it’s not always clear what causes angioedema, the skin condition may be an allergy symptom. Allergies are an abnormal immune system reaction to a foreign substance (allergen).
When you come in contact with an allergen, your immune system floods your body with chemicals, causing an allergic reaction. Allergy symptoms may affect any body system, including your skin.
Allergens that may cause angioedema include:
Other conditions that may trigger the rapid skin swelling include infections and autoimmune disorders, such as lupus.
The team at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. takes a patient-centered approach to care, and new patient appointments are 2-3 hours long. The lengthy appointment time allows the team to conduct thorough evaluations so they can develop the most effective solutions.
During your initial angioedema consultation, your specialist asks detailed questions about your symptoms, including when they started, known triggers, and activities or conditions that may worsen your condition.
They also review your medical and family history and conduct a physical. To find the root cause of your angioedema, your specialist conducts advanced allergy testing. They also run bloodwork to confirm or rule out a medical condition that may explain your symptoms.
Treatment for your angioedema depends on the underlying cause, severity of your symptoms, and your medical history.
If your angioedema is mild, you may not require any treatment; the swelling usually resolves on its own within a few days.
If your angioedema is severe or ongoing, your provider may prescribe medications to prevent or treat the symptoms, such as:
The team also talks to you about how to avoid the allergen that causes the allergic reaction.
To get the answers you need to understand the cause of your angioedema, call Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. or book online today.