Angioedema: Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs

The main symptom is the sudden development of swelling. You may also develop welts.

The welts usually occur around the eyes and lips. They may also be found on the hands, feet, and throat. They may form a line or be more spread out.

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The welts are painful and may be itchy. They turn pale and swell if irritated.

Other symptoms may include:

* Abdominal cramping
* Breathing difficulty
* Swollen eyes and mouth
* Swollen lining of the eyes (chemosis)

Diagnosis & Tests

The doctor will look at your skin and ask you if you have been exposed to any irritating substances. A physical exam might reveal abnormal sounds (stridor) when you breathe in if the throat is affected.

Rarely, the health care provider may perform allergy testing.

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Review Date : 4/28/2008
Reviewed By : David C. Dugdale, III., MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Stuart I. Henochowicz, MD, FACP, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology, Georgetown University Medical School. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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