Angioedema is the swelling of the layer beneath the skin due to an allergic reaction, which is rapid in origin and of short span. Insect bite, berries, shellfish, sunlight, water, pollen, drugs, etc., are possible triggers of angioedema. It also occurs secondary to lupus, lymphoma, leukemia, etc. Swelling around eyes, mouth, feet, throat, and hands are its common manifestations. Taking antihistamines and steroids revert the allergic reaction. Avoiding potential allergens is necessary to prevent such allergic reactions.
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Does vasoconstriction occur due to an allergy to antihistamines?
Query: Hi doctor, I am having major vasoconstriction problems. I would like to know if my daily antihistamines intake is causing this problem. I am taking Loratadine and Fexofenadine hydrochloride daily for allergies. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to know in detail, what you mean by vasoconstriction problems? Is it affecting your hands or your feet or anywhere in the nasal bed? Do you experience any bluish discoloration of the nails or hands? Do you have any pain in the hands or feet? Do you have ul... Read Full »
I get occasional angioedema with chronic urticaria. Will angioedema cause anaphylaxis?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29-year-old female. I was just diagnosed with chronic urticaria. I went to an allergic specialist for skin testing because my skin was so sensitive I reacted to everything. They then did the RAST test on me. Everything came out class 0 except for egg white, wheat, and oats bein... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. RAST (Radioallergosorbent test) is a highly accurate test. If the test is positive for a specific allergen, it shows that you are sensitized to that particular allergen. This means that you may mount an allergic response when you are exposed to that allergen. Howeve... Read Full »
Why do I keep getting reddish-pink bumps on my skin?
Query: Hi doctor, For the past seven months, I have been getting these reddish pink non-itchy bumps on my skin. They are round to oval and small to big. When they first appear, they were all over my arms, abdomen, back and on my thighs. Now they randomly show up here and there. I had a large one in my elbo... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query in detail and viewed the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and do understand your concern. I need to get a few more details about your lesions. On an average, how long do the individual lesion last before settl... Read Full »
What is the cause of my son's face swelling, allergy or teething?
Query: Hi doctor, My son is 17 months old. He has a swollen upper lip on the inside of his mouth. It is not pus filled, just swollen. Both cheeks are puffed up because of the swelling. The swelling started overnight. Also, he has a fever. One side of the molar came out. Is this because of teething or an al... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Swelling of upper lip, puffiness of cheeks and sudden onset of fever suggest more like an allergic reaction (angioedema). I will be glad if I have the following information. Have you noted any breathing difficulty or noisy breathing and any skin rashes? Did... Read Full »
Please suggest treatment for anaphylaxis.
Query: Hi doctor, Last week, I was bitten by red ant. Within 5 minutes I was collapsed and immediately rushed to the hospital. My BP was low at 80/60 mmHg. It was detected as anaphylaxis. I hereby attaching the treatment sheet for your reference. Six months ago, my 2 year old son expired due to unknown ins... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I think that you have hereditary angioedema or severe allergy to red ant. I would suggest seeing an allergy specialist to get patch testing and specialized blood testing to identify other allergens that may cause potentially fatal reaction. Meanwhile, get an... Read Full »
What is the cause for easy bruising, hives, and angioedema?
Query: Hi doctor, I am getting bruises, hives, and angioedema. My blood test report says: 1) WBC 3.6 (low). 2) RBC 3.64 (low). 3) Hemoglobin 10.4 (low). 4) Hematocrit 32.6 (low). 5) Mean cell HGB concentration 31.9 (low). 6) Platelet count 143 (low). 7) Mean platelet volume 9.0 (low). 8) Neutroph... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have been suffering from easy bruising, hives and angioedema. According to your investigation report, your total RBC (red blood cells), WBC (white blood cells), platelet count as well as hemoglobin, hematocrit, mean cell Hgb (hemoglobin) concentration, mean platelet... Read Full »
What causes sneezing, puffiness around the eyes, and redness after workouts?
Query: Hi doctor,Soon after I finish my workout, I sneeze, followed by puffy eyes. I have consulted many doctors, including allergy clinics. Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You mostly have cholinergic urticaria or exercise-induced urticaria. But to confirm it, you can send me some photographs of the problematic area with a few details. What is your age? Do you get small raised red mosquito bite-like lesions after the workout? Do you h... Read Full »