Does your child have swelling in the face, neck or hands? This condition may be known as pediatric angioedema.
Similar to hives, pediatric angioedema is different from a skin rash because it affects deeper layers of skin tissue. It often appears as swelling around the eyes, cheeks, or lips. Other angioedema symptoms might include redness or thick, large painful welts.
Angioedema is typically caused by an allergic reaction. Your child may be sensitive to peanuts, fish or other foods. Medication, such as aspirin or penicillin, is another potential cause as is exposure to pollen, animal dander or insect sting.
Pediatric angioedema is usually not something you need to worry about and should disappear within a few days. But if it lasts longer, or if the swelling means your child has trouble breathing, it's a good idea to see a Mercy physician or health care provider.
Mercy pediatric allergy and immunology specialists take a 'big picture' approach to treating kids. Not only do they provide medical treatment for your child's angioedema, but they will also help you and your child avoid allergy triggers and reduce the chance that swelling will come back. They can provide medications that help manage symptoms if they do occur.
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