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It is more common in delicate and sensitive areas of the body: lips, eyelids or genitals skin. It can get to be very agressive and deform the face of the patient.
In the past it was known as Quincke´s edema or angioneurotic edema because it was thought it was related only with stress or emotional trauma. Nowadays these terms are no longer used.
[quote align=”left” color=”blue”]If the guts are affected it can be mistaken by an acute appendicitis
Patients suffering angioedema can also have hives oubreaks (urticaria), but not as a rule.
Itch is not a common feature, although affected patients may relate a tingling or “pins and needles” feeling.
Some angioedema causes
- Allergy: angioedema may be another facet of the allergic disease.
- Drugs as common as pain killers or high blood pressure medication.
- Hereditary angioedema: a rare diseas produced by a genetic alteration. Other family members may as well suffer the same disease.
Imagenes: Joaquín Martín Lázaro – James Hellman MD/Wikimedia Commons