How to live with angioedema

What is Angioedema?

Angioedema is a larger edematous area that involve the dermis and subcutaneous tissue and is deep and ill defined.

Urticaria and angioedema are thus the same edematous process but involve different levels of cutaneous vascular plexus: papillary and deep

Angioedema is highly treatable group of immune system disorders that involve swellings on the skin, tongue, throat, or intestines.

These are some tips for you to
prevent and treat Angioedema!


Avoiding Trigger
These can include foods, medications, pollen, pet dander, latex, and insect stings. If you think a medication caused a rash, stop using it and contact your primary care provider. Medicines such as penicillinnon-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs), and sulfa drugs are also known triggers of allergic angioedema.

Taking Medicines To Prevents Episodes
Oral antihistamine such as loratadine, cetirizine, or diphenhydramine may help relieve itching. Consider whether you might prefer a type that doesn’t cause drowsiness.

Practicing Basic Self-Care
1. Apply cold washcloth (covering the affected area with a cold washcloth can help soothe the skin and prevent scratching).
2. Take a comfortably normal temperatured water to bath (find relief from itching).
 3. Wear loose, smooth-textured cotton clothing (avoid wearing clothing that’s rough, tight, scratchy or made from wool because it can cause skin irritation).
 4. Avoid the sun (when outdoors, seek shade to help relieve discomfort).

Creating A Medical Plan
The more one prepares and plans for what to do during a possible angioedema attack, the easier it will be to get medical care. A plan for contacting medical services in case of a severe, life-threatening attack must be put in place. Patients are advised to look up hospitals, make arrangements with friends and family, and in general make sure that they and the people around them know what to do in case of an angioedema attack.

We hope these tips help you deal with
Angioedema condition! 🤖

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