Posted by Sian - Wales UK
on October 11, 2000 at 18:15:51:
In Reply to: Re: facial swelling posted by Kay Taffe on November 22, 1999 at 09:25:32:
I recently have started suffering frm urticaria over my arms legs back hands abdomen and breasts and angioedema around the eyes and lips... to the point that I've been sent home from work by my boss. I'm really down with it and even though I've consulted my doctor, I'm now on a huge waiting list to be referred to an allergy consultant. One of my only relief treatments is peppermint oil (40parts) and lavendar oil (20parts) in an aqueous base (100ml) -It's a temporary relief. I've been prescribed 180mg of fexofenadine daily but that has merely halved the discomfort. As it has recently flared up - my doctor has prescribed a weeks dose of Prednisolone steroids. I dont know what I'm allergic to, so if anyone can give me any tips about how to find out about what may be a trigger or how to alleviate this **** itch! until I'm diagnosed with which allergy I have I'd be most grateful if someone could give me some pointers... Thanks
: : : My husband has been experiencing eye puffiness and also a tingling sensation in his upper lip which will lead to a swelling in the lip. The swelling generally occurs while sleeping and is somewhat relieved in the day. Does this sound like allergy? We can't pinpoint any changes in our environment or eating habits. This occurs at random any time of the year.
: : I've had the exact same problem myself. Sorry I can't be much help because I haven't gotten an answer either. It can occur twice in one week or it may not happen for months. I've been told it's allergies but the last time my face swelled up I got a shot of cortisone, epinephrine,and took benadryl and predisone and it still took a day for it to go away. Like your husband, I have been unable to pinpoint any food allergy or environmental cause. Please let me know if you get any relief for your husband's facial swelling.
: : Thanks
: I have been swelling up like that for 20 years. The large hives are called urticaria, and when your face swells up its called angioedema. I received some good info from the internet when I searched for urticaria - I tried an elimination diet and found allergies to citrus fruit and nuts - but it takes 36 hours for a reaction for me. I've been allergy skin tested twice (20 & 10 years ago) and nothing showed on the tests. I'm still allergic to something else I haven't found yet, but with taking a daily antihistamine, have a very reduced incidence of swelling.