Hi...i hope someone can help me. I think i may be allergic to something but i'm not sure what. For the past few months, occasionally sometimes when i woke up, my upper lip would be swollen, but this past week, it's been happening every night. The swelling usually goes down throughout the day and by the end of the day its not there anymore, but right back in the morning. I'm not sure what this could be. I don't have any more symptoms of an allergic reaction besides the lip swelling. If anyone can help me i would be grateful. Thanks
Your lip swelling is caused by hives. Its confusing because it is caused by allergies but can be hard to figure out what you are allergic to. Since it is a t night i would first look at the detergent you wash your sheets with. Also look at your pillow if it has feathers you may be allergic to.
I have been suffering from the same lip/facial swelling for the past year - it just started happening out of nowhere. I have been through alot of distress and visited MANY doctors in order to find out what was wrong with me, and the information that I have gathered may assist you.
The condition is known as Idiopathic Angioedema or Urticaria (look it up through the Google Directory on the web [www.***********] - there is loads of helpful information about the condition). It is a result of an allergy to something, but it can be very hard to pinpoint what is actually causing it. I suspect mine may be a food allergy, but I also suffer from hayfever and have experienced the swelling just from being itchy and sneezing due to dust. The swelling itself is due to an over-production of histamine in the body as a result of something you're allergic to.
To prevent any outbreaks (as I know how much it can effect your everyday life), I take an anti-histamine EVERY NIGHT before I go to bed (as prescribed by my doctor). Since I have been doing this, I have had no outbreaks. However, it is important that you try to get to the bottom of what is causing the swelling. I have been referred to a Specialist to have an allergy test in order to find out a likely cause, as I don't want to have to take an anti-histamine tablet every day for the rest of my life!
Start writing down foods and things that you have come in contact with leading up to the swelling, this will assist a specialist in helping you to find a cause.
Does your doctor also prescribe you steroid tablets and a steroid cream for when you do have an outbreak? This helps the swelling to go away faster.
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I've been experiencing the lip swelling for about 1 year now. In addition to that I seem to break out with a couple of swollen spots (hives???) on my stomach or leg - usually around the same time as my lip swelling. I'm taking Renatenadine and Singulair - they seem to work - when Iran out of the Singulair last week the swelling happened again. Mine occurs at different times - usually durint the day. And I haven't pinpointed what is causing it. The first time I'd just had a cirus frozen drink at Starbucks, the next time it was a Grilled Chicken Flatbread sandwich from McDonalds, the next time it was Sunflower seeds,this last time I'm not sure what I ate - just that i was out of Singulair. Antihistamines help a little but not much. Ice has helped also but again not much. I'd appreciate ANY help anyone can offer!
i used to get that all the time--at my boyfriends house which was really embarassing! he washed all of his sheets in ALL FREE CLEAR detergent and it hasn't came back since. turns out i am allergic to tide detergent, which would also give me eczema and white spots on my skin. also, i know it sounds wierd, but i would apply a tiny amount of benadryl around my mouth before i went over to his house and that would help it too.
Tracee242 - I also have experienced overnight lip swelling. I started with hives several months ago. However, for the past few months, I also have been experiencing lip swelling and most recently, my eyes are often swollen in the morning. This can be very dangerous, as it could affect your throat (breathing). My allergist has found no cause - lots of blood and allergy tests but no answers. He has presecribed an epi-pen for emergencies and lots of allergy meds which has helped very little. I am very frusrated and would love to hear from anyone that may have some answers.