Angioedema is a common condition that involves swelling beneath the surface of the skin with or without redness. Angioedema can occur around the eyelids and lips, or on the face, hands, feet, or genitalia. Since this condition can cause swelling of the airways, it is important that you seek medical care if you think you have angioedema.
Angioedema is often associated with urticaria (hives). It can be caused by:
- Foods (eg, fruits, shellfish, nuts)
- Medications (eg, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), ACE inhibitors, ARB inhibitors, penicillin, aspirin, morphine)
- Inhaled substances (eg, pollens, mold spores, animal dander)
- Certain diseases (eg, hyperthyroidism, cancer, rheumatic fever)
- Environment (eg, cold, heat, water)
- Skin contact with plants, animals, or medications
- Skin disease
- Family history
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Last reviewedSeptember 2013by Marcin Chwistek, MD
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