Angioedema is sometimes misdiagnosed as Connective Tissue Disease

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Connective Tissue Disease, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Angioedema.

Most cases of angioedema resolve in a few days without any treatment, but medication is often prescribed. Antihistamines and oral steroids are used to relive swelling. People with hereditary angioedema can benefit from treatment to prevent attacks. A physical examination as well as examining the welts or swelling can help on diagnosing angioedema. Blood or allergy tests are also often ordered.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Swelling around the eyes or cheeks or lips, welts forming in minutes to hours, mild pain and warmth in affected areas

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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