Angioedema is an excessive collection of body fluids in the skin, which causes swelling. An allergic reaction can cause angioedema. Angioedema can happen along with hives. A common location where angioedema can occur is around the eyes, lips and face. Angioedema can also occur on other parts of the body, even in the throat. Angioedema of the throat can cause breathing difficulty. Angioedema of the throat is an allergic emergency. It requires immediate treatment with a medicine called epinephrine (ep-uh-NEF-rin).
Angioedema may be caused by an allergic reaction to:
Call your health care provider if:
Go to the emergency room or call 911 if:
Medical Review October 2015.