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What are the symptoms of angioedema?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The most common symptoms of angioedema caused by allergic reaction are deep welts or swelling of the skin, pain in the swollen areas, and occasionally, blisters. The affected areas are often on the face, hands, feet, and throat. If the swollen areas are in the airways or throat, there may be difficulty in swallowing or breathing. Angioedema may be accompanied by hives.

Hereditary angioedema has similar symptoms, including swelling of the face, throat, and other areas of the skin, but these symptoms may appear more quickly and be more severe. In addition, this form of angioedema may cause abdominal pain.

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