Angioedema (BE: angiooedema), also known by its eponym Quincke's edema and the older term angioneurotic edema, is the rapid swelling (edema) of the skin, mucosa and submucosal tissues. If it proceeds rapidly, it can lead to airway obstruction and suffocation, and it should therefore be treated as a medical emergency.
An antihistamine is a drug which serves to reduce or eliminate effects mediated by histamine, an endogenous chemical mediator released during allergic reactions, through action at the histamine receptor. Only agents where the main therapeutic effect is mediated by negative modulation of histamine receptors are termed antihistamines - other agents may have antihistaminergic action but are not true antihistamines.
Angioedema as related to Antihistamines
- Antihistamines in urticaria and angioedema.
Class Summary. Antihistamines (H1 and H2) generally work well for urticaria. However, the great majority of angioedema cases, especially when not ...
- Angioedema - Treatment
Antihistamines They can be obtained over the counter, however, ... In mild cases of angioedema, longer-lasting antihistamines are frequently given.
- Angioedema - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angioedema
Hives and Angioedema Causes, Symptoms, Treatment - …
Short-acting type H1 antihistamines: These medications, including diphenhydramine (Benadryl), are the primary treatment of mild cases of hives and angioedema.
- Hives and angioedema - CNN
The standard treatment for hives and angioedema is antihistamines, medications that reduce itching, swelling and other symptoms of histamine release.
In histamine-mediated angioedema, second-generation antihistamines are often used as first-line treatment.
- Recurrent, recalcitrant angioedema
In the majority of cases of angioedema, as you know, antihistamine therapy is usually ineffective. Angioedema, unlike urticaria, appears to have mediators, ...