Treating Angioedema

DMV Allergy & Asthma Center – Understanding Causes, Symptoms, and Management of Allergies

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Skin Allergy Treatment in Alexandria, VA

Allergic reactions and immune responses can affect many parts of the body, including the skin. That’s why our immunology specialists have the training to provide diagnosis and treatment for skin conditions, including angioedema, hives and eczema.

Whether you’re having an allergic reaction or you’ve already been diagnosed with ongoing dermatitis, our specially-trained allergy team can help you manage your symptoms and flare-ups. 

If you’re ready to find relief for your skin, schedule an appointment with us today.

FAQs on Angioedema

  • What is Angioedema
What is Angioedema

Angioedema is a swelling that starts beneath the skin, much like hives. In fact, angioedema sometimes occurs alongside hives. However, the difference lies in the fact that angioedema affects the deeper layers of the skin. It most often shows up on the face and around the lips, and can be identified by the following symptoms:

  • Rapidly-forming welts 
  • Swelling and redness around the eyes, cheeks, lips
  • Pain or warmth in the affected areas

Angioedema is common and usually clears up within a day; however, if your symptoms continue for a few days, schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately as it can become dangerous.

  • What causes angioedema?
What causes angioedema?

In some cases, angioedema can be present from birth. However, the majority of angioedema cases are an allergic response to an environmental trigger, such as a food, medication, pollen, animal dander, or insect bite. Here are some of the most common triggers we see at DMV Allergy & Asthma Center:

  • Allergic reaction (food, drug, environmental)
  • Latex
  • Penicillin, aspirin, and ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain birth control pills
  • Infection
  • Hereditary (C1 inhibitor protein)

  • What is the treatment for angioedema?
What is the treatment for angioedema?

Angioedema treatment will depend on its cause. However, most of the time it is treated with antihistamine medication. It can also be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, immune-suppressing drugs, and injections of epinephrine. Your allergy specialist at DMV Allergy & Asthma Center will work with you to develop the treatment plan that’s right for your needs.


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