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Symptoms of Angioedema

Learn about angioedema symptoms: facial swelling, digestive problems, throat swelling. Recognize signs and seek medical help promptly.

  • 14 Feb 2024
  • 2 min read

Angioedema is a medical condition that causes sudden swelling beneath the skin. While it may seem frightening to experience swelling in the throat, face, lips, tongue, hands or feet out of nowhere, understanding the symptoms of angioedema can help those suffering from it feel more empowered. Today, we will explore the main signs and symptoms of angioedema in detail so that anyone experiencing it will recognize what they are dealing with and know when to seek medical advice. 

What are the Symptoms of Angioedema?

Angioedema doesn't conform to the usual health symptoms; it introduces a distinct set of symptoms that might catch you off guard. The symptoms of angioedema include:

  • Facial puffiness or swelling

A puffy face is a common symptom of angioedema, particularly around the eyes and mouth.

  • Digestive challenges

Angioedema causes swelling of the intestines, which causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

  • Swelling in mouth, hands, feet, or genitals

Apart from swelling in the face, a person may experience swelling in the hands, feet and genitals. Swelling in the mouth may make it difficult for them to breathe or talk, and would require immediate medical assistance.

  • Dizziness or fainting

Blood pressure changes caused due to angioedema may result in dizziness and fainting.

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In conclusion, angioedema is a serious skin condition that could have life-threatening effects if not treated properly. It is important to pay attention to the signs and symptoms that may suggest the presence of angioedema. Be sure to tell your doctor any of your family or personal medical history that might play a role in your diagnosis and treatments that would work best for you. 

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