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Feet and angiodema

01/24/2008

Question:

I have had periodic swelling of the feet for about 2 years now. The swelling becomes so severe that it impares my ability to walk. Over the past 2 months I have experienced swelling on the lip, once on the tongue and a couple times on the hand and butt area. I went to the er where the doctor prescribed me benadryl, pepcid, and prednizone. I went to an allergiest specilist where I was told I have angiodema... It is possible the foot is a seperate issue? Could there be another diagnosis?

Answer:

It sounds like pressure induced angioedema; however, there could be other potential underlying causes.  A thorough history with some limited testing would be required to determine the exact underlying cause.  I would find an allergist experienced in the treatment of pressure induced angioedema.  There are medications that are sometimes effective for this condition.

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Response by:

Jonathan   Bernstein, MD Jonathan Bernstein, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati