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How is angioedema different from hives?

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Angioedema differs from hives in several ways. The swelling happens under the skin, not on the surface. It’s marked by deep swelling around the eyes and lips and sometimes of the genitals, hands, and feet. It generally lasts longer than hives, but the swelling usually goes away in less than 24 hours. It’s rare, but angioedema of the throat, tongue, or lungs can block your airways, making it hard to breathe.

SOURCES: 

Medscape: "Angioedema." 

MedicineNet: "Hives (Uticaria & Angioedema)."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Hives."

Muller, B. March 2004. American Family Physician,


 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

SOURCES: 

Medscape: "Angioedema." 

MedicineNet: "Hives (Uticaria & Angioedema)."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Hives."

Muller, B. March 2004. American Family Physician,


 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

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