Information in simple English

What is angioedema?

Angioedema is a type of swelling that looks like hives but occurs beneath the skin rather than on the surface.

Swelling can take place everywhere on the body, including the face, tongue, throat, abdomen, arms, and legs.


What may cause angioedema?

  • Dander from animals.
  • Water, sunshine, cold, or heat exposure
  • Foodstuffs; berries, shellfish, fish, nuts, eggs, and milk
  • Bites by insects
  • Medication
  • Pollen

What are the signs and symptoms of angioedema?

  • Welts or swelling on the surface of the pores and skin.
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Breathing problem
  • Swollen eyes and mouth