IV Fluids and Oxygen
Unfortunately, some people may experience a severe attack from hereditary angioedema that requires more than just medication to treat. For example, if a patient becomes hypotensive.
Someone may require a large amount of intravenous fluids to stabilize their wellbeing. Oxygen therapy may also be necessary, depending on the symptoms, to improve their condition.
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Diet and Lifestyle Changes
There are various triggers that may worsen symptoms related to hereditary angioedema. WebMD says common ones include:
- Stress or anxiety
- Minor injury or surgery
- Colds or flu
- Physical activities such as typing, hammering, or pushing a lawn mower
- Taking certain medications
- Using birth control or hormone replacement therapy
After receiving a diagnosis, your doctor may help to better understand your condition and what may trigger an outbreak. You can then make changes to your lifestyle in order to lower the frequency of attacks you experience.
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When to See a Doctor
People with hereditary angioedema will typically experience symptoms as a child and during adolescence. If you or your child is experiencing unexplainable swelling, then you should see the doctor to receive a proper diagnosis. They can help you to better understand this genetic disorder and come up with a treatment plan.
You should see a doctor if symptoms are getting in the way of living your life comfortably. Remember, HAE can be fatal if swelling occurs in areas such as the throat or abdomen. You should seek immediate medical attention if you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing severe pain.
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