Angioedema is the swelling of the deeper layers of the skin on the hands, feet and face including the lips and eyes. If angioedema occurs in the throat, normal breathing can be blocked causing anaphylaxis (fatal allergic reaction). Symptoms usually last 1 to 2 days.
Angioedema can be diagnosed and treated by an allergist. If angioedema occurs because of an allergic reaction, epinephrine might be prescribed to help relieve the symptoms. If airway blockage or suffocation occurs call 911 immediately!