As an allergist/immunologist, I am frequently asked to see patients with angioedema or swelling. Although many times the source of angioedema is due to exposure to a protein (antigen) to which that person is allergic, in some cases this is not true. One such instance is with Hereditary Angioedema or HAE. HAE presents with episodes of swelling, usually of the extremities, face, trunk, genitals or swelling of the abdomen which can produce severe abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. In some cases, patients with HAE have been taken to the operating room as the symptoms of an acute HAE attack can be similar to those seen with appendicitis. Unfortunately, these patients undergo removal of what later is found to be a normal appendix. The most frightening complication of HAE is swelling of the airway which can lead to death. Unlike angioedema due to exposure to allergens, patients with HAE do not develop hives. The cause of HAE is due to a lack of a specific p...
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Swelling, also called edema, happens when fluid builds up in body tissues.
Swelling is a common side effect of many breast cancer treatments:
Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole)
Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Evista (chemical name: raloxifene)
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
Other medicines you may be taking during treatment, including pain medications, bisphosphonates (bone-strengthening medications), and steroids also can cause swelling.
If the swelling is severe, accompanied by pain, or if your arm starts to swell after surgery (which could be a sign of arm lymphedema ), talk to your doctor right away. This type of swelling could be a sign of infection or other serious condition and needs to be treated as soon as possible.
If your swelling is mild, try these tips to ease it:
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