Mild Angioedema

What Is Mild Angioedema?

Angioedema is a condition that involves the sudden and often severe swelling of the skin, mucous membranes, and the deeper layers of tissue beneath the skin. It is caused by a release of histamine or other chemical mediators from mast cells, usually in response to an allergic reaction or other factor. Mild angioedema is a form of the condition that usually causes limited swelling or no swelling at all, and is often characterized by redness and/or itching.

Symptoms of Mild Angioedema

Mild angioedema may cause limited swelling and warmth of the affected area. Other symptoms may include:
  • Localized redness
  • Itching of the affected area
  • Burning sensation
  • A feeling of tightness or pressure

What Causes Mild Angioedema?

Mild angioedema is often caused by an allergic reaction. This could be caused by drugs, food, or other substances such as pollen or molds. It could also be the result of insect bites or stings, or contact with certain soaps, perfumes, or other irritants. In some cases, mild angioedema can be caused by a disturbance in the central nervous system. This kind of angioedema is often triggered by stress, anxiety, or other psychological factors.

Treatment of Mild Angioedema

Mild angioedema can often be treated at home with strategies such as application of a cool compress to the affected area, use of an over-the-counter antihistamine or topical ointment, or avoidance of the allergen or other irritant that has triggered the reaction. If the condition persists or worsens, your doctor may prescribe medications such as corticosteroids or antihistamines to reduce symptoms. In cases where the cause is believed to be psychological in nature, your doctor may also recommend therapy or counseling.