In the most general terms, angioedema is swelling beneath your skin. However, it goes deeper than that, quite literally. Angioedema swelling occurs in some of the deepest layers of the skin, including the subcutaneous layers, which can lead to severe complications. Additionally, the condition often appears with hives, which is why some refer to it as “giant hives.”
The causes of angioedema vary, from medication side effects to symptoms of an underlying condition. Mild angioedema doesn’t usually need treatment, although more severe cases may require medication or treatments to relieve intense swelling.
Signs And Symptoms
Angioedema typically involves swelling beneath the skin. This swelling typically localizes around your mouth, eyes, hands, feet, or genitals. However, it can spread to other areas of the body, including the intestines and airways. This swelling usually appears with hives or urticaria, which appear as a red, swollen, welt-like rash on the surface of your skin.
Even though the swelling is deep below the surface of your skin, it can cause pain and redness and the area to feel warm and itchy. If angioedema localizes to your airways, your throat and tongue may feel thick and large, making it difficult to breathe or swallow. In addition, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, cramping, or diarrhea may accompany angioedema in the digestive tract.
Symptoms of Angioedema:
Skin is painful or warm to the touch
Stomach pain, nausea, or diarrhea
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
If angioedema causes you to have trouble breathing, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room right away.
By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter
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