Angioedema is the swelling of the deep layers of the skin, and is often seen with urticaria (hives). Angioedema most often occurs in soft tissues such as the eyelids, mouth or genitals.

These conditions can last for a variable amount of time. Angioedema is called “acute” if the condition lasts for a short period of time (minutes to days). This reaction is usually caused by an allergic reaction to medications or foods.

Chronic recurrent angioedema is when the condition returns over a long period of time. It most often does not have an identifiable cause.

Hereditary angiodema (HAE) is a rare, but serious genetic condition involving swelling in various body parts including the hands, feet, face, intestinal wall and airways.

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Source: aaaai.org