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 Angioedema And Hives FactHives are the result of histamine and other compounds released from cells in the body called mast cells.  Angioedema is similar to hives, but usually involves swelling of deep tissues and typically lasts longer than hives.


Angioedema (BE: angiooedema) or Quincke's edema is the rapid swelling (edema) of the dermis, subcutaneous tissue, mucosa and submucosal tissues. It is very similar to urticaria, but urticaria, commonly known as hives, occurs in the upper dermis. The term angioneurotic oedema was used for this condition in the belief that there was nervous system involvement but this is now thought not to be the case.

Cases where angioedema progresses rapidly should be treated as a medical emergency as airway obstruction and suffocation can occur. Epinephrine may be lifesaving when the cause of angioedema is allergic. In the case of hereditary angioedema, treatment with epinephrine has not been shown to be helpful.

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United States Hereditary Angioedema Association - wide variety of information on this relatively rare disease

Angioedema - informative eMedicine article

Hives and Angioedema - excellent source of information provided by medicinenet.com

 

 

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