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Angioedema is swelling in the deep layers of the skin. Angioedema can sometimes occur along with hives. Hives are an allergic reaction in the outer layers of the skin. Angioedema can range from mild to severe. Painful swelling can develop on the face. Angioedema can also occur on other parts of the body. In severe cases, the inside of the throat can swell and make it hard to breathe.
Many things can cause this condition, including foods, insect bites, and medicines (such as aspirin and some blood pressure medicines). It also can run in families. Sometimes you may know what caused the reaction, but other times you may not know.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Give an epinephrine shot if:
After giving an epinephrine shot, call 911, even if you feel better.
Call 911 if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 22, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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