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Angioedema - treatment

Methods of treating and preventing angioedema or episodes of it can vary from one individual or case to the next. Certain triggers can also be considered. This page discusses some general treatment options. To read about herbal ones, please visit the herbal treatment and prevention page.

Baths and showers

The hot water can increase swelling, so hot baths and showers can be avoided as a method to attempt to stop the worsening of the swelling. On the other hand, cold water can relieve some of the discomfort, and therefore a cold shower or bath may actually be useful for treating that symptom.


They can be obtained over the counter, however, discuss with a doctor or medical professional prior to taking medications like antihistamines.

Activity and stress

Both physical and emotional stress can bring on angioedema, or potentially worsen it or the symptoms. When possible, avoid additional activity that can lead to physical strain and perspiration.

Treatment with prescription medications

Some individuals may eventually need or want prescription medicine to treat their angioedema. Depending upon the case and other factors, different ones may be prescribed. Some general information is available below, however, it is not intended to be used for any particular individual or case.

In mild cases of angioedema, longer-lasting antihistamines are frequently given. More moderate angioedema may require something like corticosteroids. Medicines which block H1 and H2 are also used for treatment in cases that do not seem to go away as easily, however, these are not approved by the U.S. FDA for treating angioedema, and are actually supposed to be antidepressants.

In general, avoiding triggers is recommended to relieve cases of angioedema. However, additional treatment may be asked for by the patient for relief of current symptoms, or may be useful in other circumstances. For instance, angioedema can rarely lead to a condition known as anaphylactic shock, an allergic reaction which is a medical emergency and life-threatening situation. In such a case, adrenaline is administered.

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