Swelling, also known as angioedema, is a common but potentially dangerous allergic symptom. The team at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic offers diagnosis and treatment for swelling at their 13 convenient locations across state lines in Fremont, Oakland, Redwood City, Sunnyvale, San Mateo, and San Leandro, California; Clackamas and Gresham, Oregon; Bellevue, Fishers Landing, Longview, and Salmon Creek, Washington; and Eagle, Idaho. If you’re concerned about allergic swelling, call or make an appointment online today.
Swelling occurs when fluids collect in your skin. Allergic reactions can often trigger swelling, which is also known as angioedema. Allergic swelling mostly affects your lips, eyes, and face, although it can develop anywhere in your body.
You should always take swelling on your face seriously. If you have swelling in your mouth or throat, use your epinephrine injector pen and go to your nearest emergency room. Similarly, swelling in your mouth and throat is often a sign of anaphylaxis.
Allergic swelling is often due to a reaction to substances such as:
Medical researchers have identified a gene that causes low levels of a particular protein in your blood, which increases your vulnerability to swelling.
If you notice that you have swelling that may be linked to an allergy, make an appointment at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic. Allergic symptoms can change and become more intense without warning.
The earlier you have an accurate allergy diagnosis, the sooner you can start treatments and management techniques to reduce your risk of allergic reactions. Your doctor can also help you prepare to deal with allergic swelling and other reactions.
The team at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic provides extensive allergy testing, including skin patch tests, intradermal tests, and skin prick tests to identify the specific allergen that triggers your swelling. Your doctor may also recommend an oral food challenge.
Then, your doctor can devise a treatment plan to reduce your risk of swelling and provide you with the tools you need to take care of your health at home.
For example, your doctor may prescribe an epinephrine pen in case of an emergency. They can also help you develop strategies to avoid the allergens that trigger your swelling.
The doctors offer a wide range of immunotherapy programs, including:
If you’re concerned about allergic swelling, call Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic or schedule a consultation online today.