Angioedema

Angioedema (swelling)

This is frequently associated with urticaria. The swelling can be caused by many factors including Allergic reactions from foods or medications. The swelling can be life threatening. Finding a cause can be challenging. Angioedema can also be inherited or acquired, as in inherited C-1 esterase deficiency or acquired C-1 esterase deficiency. Through laboratory tests and allergy testing a cause may be found. Treatment of this condition will depend on the cause. Special medications are sometimes needed.