Angioedema is swelling under the surface of the skin with or without redness. It is very common. Angioedema can occur around the eyelids and lips, or on the face, hands, feet, or genitalia. It can cause swelling of the airways, so it is important to seek medical care if you think you have angioedema.
Angioedema is often associated with
hives. It can be caused by:
Foods such as fruits, shellfish, and nuts
Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) inhibitors, penicillin, aspirin, and morphine
Inhaled substances such as pollens, mold spores, and animal dander
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Minor episodes of angioedema may not need treatment. However, it is important to make sure the swelling does not spread to the airway, which can be life-threatening. Treatment options include the following:
Medications—antihistamines, epinephrine, corticosteroids, and pain medications may help ease symptoms of angioedema.
—If your airway is affected, a tube may be placed through your neck and into your windpipe. It will help to keep your airway open.
Last reviewed September 2018 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 2/7/2018
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