Posted by Jay
on June 16, 2000 at 12:13:37:
In Reply to: Facial / Lip Swelling posted by Stuart on February 25, 2000 at 19:58:25:
: I've suffered from facial swelling for almost a decade. I've been to top-notch doctors but none have been able to nail it, aside from diagnosing it as angioedema or chronic urticaria. Typically I will get a tingling in one area on a lip and then the swelling begins, working it's way around my mouth and finally subsiding after 12-24 hours. It takes a long time for the fluid to dissipate and the skin to shrink back. I also occasionally get tongue swelling (once extending into my windpipe - talk about scary), and then sometimes my eyes, hands, instep, etc. with much lower frequency. At various times I've suspected MSG, sulfates/sulfites/nitrates/nitrites, onions, aspartame, gasoline, and even stress but given the long half-life of most food additives in the body it's been impossible to pinpoint. Sometimes I get attacks as often as two weeks apart but lately it's been 2-3 months. I currently avoid all suspected foods and take Zyrtec each day. Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated ...
I've had exactly the same 5X now. First time it was just after eating a bowl of chili, second time just after eating a couple of cashews, third time just after taking an antibiotic, last two times seemed for no reason at all...hadn't eaten or drank anything. Very strange.