Acute Angioedema Treatment
Treatment for angioedema requires immediate care in the emergency room. Treatment for angioedema includes epinephrine injections, antihistamines, and corticosteroid medications, given through an intravenous (IV) line. If treatment is rendered soon after the symptoms of angioedema begin, the condition usually improves rapidly.
A person with angioedema must learn how to avoid substances that trigger symptoms. Immunotherapy or allergy shots, train the body to tolerate the substance that triggers angioedema. This may help reduce the severity of the symptoms when a person is exposed to the trigger.
Treatment options for angioedema include:
- Avoid substances that trigger angioedema.
- Used for severe reactions
- Intravenous corticosteroids:
- Short-acting antihistamines:
- Long-acting antihistamines:
- Corticosteroid pills
- Serine proteinase inhibitors (serpins)
- Kallikrein inhibitors:
- Anabolic steroids:
- Beta2 adrenergic agonist:
- Allergy shots
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Acute Angioedema Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of angioedema.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for allergies?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Acute Angioedema Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat angioedema:
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