Hereditary Angioedema Treatment
Treatment for hereditary angioedema includes strict avoidance of the substance known to trigger swelling. Medications for hereditary angioedema include C1 inhibitor, epinephrine injections, antihistamines, corticosteroids, and leukotriene antagonist medications. Some cases of hereditary angioedema may be treated with immunotherapy.
Treatment for acute hereditary angioedema includes:
- C1 inhibitor concentrate for hereditary angioedema
- Kallikrein inhibitor:
- Hemostatic agents
- Epinephrine injections:
- Used for severe reactions
- Short-acting antihistamine medications:
- Long-acting antihistamine medications:
- Oral corticosteroids
Treatment strategies for preventing hereditary angioedema include:
- Avoid substances that trigger angioedema.
- Avoid substances that trigger an allergic reaction.
- Leukotriene antagonist medications:
- Allergy shots
- Fresh frozen plasma:
- Infusions prior to airway manipulation can prevent angioedema
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