Angioedema

Angioedema (AE) is sudden puffiness (swelling) of the skin. It can happen to the face, genitals, and other body parts. You may be reacting to something you are sensitive to (allergic reaction). It may have been passed to you from your parents (hereditary), or it may develop by itself (acquired). You may also get red itchy patches of skin (hives). Attacks may be mild. Some attacks are life-threatening. Most often, the puffiness happens fast. It often gets better in 24 to 48 hours.

HOME CARE

  • Carry your emergency allergy medicines with you.

  • Wear a medical bracelet.

  • Avoid things that you know will cause this reaction (triggers).

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You have trouble swallowing.

  • You pass out (faint).

  • You have another attack.

  • Your attacks happen more often or get worse.

  • AE was passed to you by your parents and you want to start having children.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.