Angioedema is an allergic reaction. It causes swelling and welts 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 welts 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. The condition also can run in families. Sometimes you may know what caused your child's reaction, but other times you may not know.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Give an epinephrine shot if:
After giving an epinephrine shot call 911, even if your child feels better.
Call 911 if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: September 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Lora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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