Our expert physicians specialize in the treatment of allergy, food allergy, asthma, and sinus problems, as well as other conditions, such as hay fever, hives, eczema, contact dermatitis, insect allergies, drug reactions, anaphylaxis, and immune deficiency conditions.
Acute swelling that subsides over a few days is termed, angioedema. It most often effects the hands, feet, lips, eyes, tongue, genitals, and throat. In severe cases, normal breathing or swallowing can be blocked and emergency measures must be taken. This can occur if a person is extremely allergic to a food, insect, or drug.
Hives and angioedema may appear together. Angioedema usually lasts for one to two days, and may reappear with or without hives over an indefinite period of time. The causes of angioedema are similar to those for hives, including medications, foods, and infections. Unfortunately, in the majority of instances these are spontaneous events without an external stimulus.
Hereditary angioedema is a rare inherited disease that can be more severe than other types of angioedema. It has been shown that a blood protein deficiency is the cause of this condition. There are now several replacement therapies for hereditary angioedema that are highly effective.
If you feel you or a family member is suffering from angioedema, call 941-927-4888 to schedule an appointment today.