Swelling Under the SkinAngioedema

A hand with swelling under the skin.
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This type of swelling under the skin (angioedema) is related to hives, but effects deeper layers of the skin and often occurs around the eyes and lips. It can also affect the hands, feet or throat. Sometimes this problem is caused by an allergy, whether it is to specific foods, medications, an  insect bite or other allergen. You may also experience abdominal cramping with this condition. 

While it’s indicative of a potentially serious allergy, this swelling in and of itself does not generally cause lasting damage.  In the most serious situations, the swelling can block your airway by swelling your tongue or throat causing a life-threatening situation that should receive immediate medical attention.

Bluegrass Allergy Care can help you identify if allergens are causing your swelling under the skin and prescribe a personalized treatment plan to help bring you relief. Call us today to schedule an appointment.