This may occur because of blood transfusions, immune system disorders, such as lupus or cancer, certain thyroid disorders, infections such as hepatitis, or even a cold.
In most cases, angioedema is harmless and won't leave any lasting marks, even without treatment. You can usually treat mild cases at home. Cool compresses or soaks can provide pain relief. Moderate to severe symptoms may need treatment.
The most common treatment for angioedema is antihistamine medications. Medications used to treat angioedema include: antihistamines, anti-inflammatory medicines (corticosteroids), Cimetidine (Tagamet), Epinephrine and Terbutaline (a bronchodilator).
Serious angioedema can be life-threatening if swelling causes your throat or tongue to block your airway and leads to loss of consciousness.
See your doctor if the angioedema doesn't respond to treatment or if your symptoms continue to appear for more than a couple of days. Seek emergency care if you have difficulty breathing, feel light-headed or feel your throat is swelling.
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