Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Face Swelling due to an Allergy Home Care

Home treatment for angioedema may include:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • Clean your heating and cooling vents regularly.
  • Avoid substances that trigger your allergy.
    • Pollen exposure is the highest during the midday and afternoon.
  • Do not use aerosols or spray cleaners in the bedroom.
  • Avoid using a vacuum cleaner.
  • Dust often.
  • Do not hang clothes outside where they can be exposed to pollen.
  • Put mattresses and pillows in plastic covers.
  • Wash sheets, blankets, mattress pad and comforters, in hot water every week.
  • Wash your hair before going to sleep:
    • Your hair can collect allergens during the day.
  • Remove carpeting from the bedroom.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

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Face Swelling due to an Allergy Medications

Medications that may help treat symptoms of angioedema include diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or chlorpheniramine.

Diphenhydramine Dosing Chart

AgeDoseIntervalMax Daily Dose
2-5 years6.25 mg4-6 hours37.5 mg/day
6-11 years12.5-25 mg4-6 hours150 mg/day
12 and older25-50 mg4-6 hours300 mg/day

Chlorpheniramine Dosing Chart
AgeDoseIntervalMax Daily Dose
Under 6consult your physician
6-11 years2 mg4-6 hours12 mg/day
12 and up4 mg4-6 hours24 mg/day

Face Swelling due to an Allergy Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have angioedema and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Nov 29, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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