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random swollen lips

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 29, 2008
  • 10:20 AM

In the past 2 weeks there have been 4 times that a part of my lip has become swollen (it feels numb, kind of like the dentists, or having a collogen injection). Twice I woke up with it and twice it has come up during the day. It lasts up to 10 hours. It moves too, it has been on my right top lip once, my left top lip once and my bottom left lip twice, Does anyone have any idea what this could be. I read somewhere that swollen lips can be a symptom of ezthma, could this be true as I have recently (since Christmas) seen the return of the ezthma that I have not had since I was a small child.

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  • Are you currently taking any medications? This is often a side effect to certain meds. Do you mean eczema? or Asthma? DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • September 3, 2008
    • 06:39 PM
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  • I have the same problem - it seems random. If anyone has an idea of what it could be, I'd appreciate a response!
    jennynye 7 Replies
    • October 25, 2008
    • 06:32 AM
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  • I get this when I am exposed to salicylates (ie. aspirin, NSAIDs, spices, berries, mint etc) as I am salicylate intolerant. Not sure what else can cause it for people though.The swelling is referred to as 'andgioedema':http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AngioedemaYou may wish to make a note what you have eaten, drunk and worn (lipstick, perfume etc) in the past couple of days each time you have a reaction - you may see a pattern emerge. Unlike allergies (which the reaction is often within 20 min of contact with the allergen) food intolerances can take anywhere up to 48hrs to emerge as a symptom. The other important difference between an allergy and an intolerance is that intolerances are dependent on the amount of exposure to the offending substance and can build up over time in your system. I usually find that if I have a salicylate laden dinner I wake with a swollen face in the morning. Major reactions usually happen around 4:30am for me and are often rapid in their onset - I think it is probably due to similar reasons that asthmatics often have attacks at that time in the morning. These ones are the most dangerous as they usually involve my tongue or throat as well as my lips. They are usually triggered by excessive exposure to salicylates or acute stress combined with moderate exposure.For more info on food intolerances I highly recommend these sites:http://www.cs.nsw.gov.au/RPA/Allergy/resources/foodintol/ffintro.cfmhttp://www.fedupwithfoodadditives.info
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 1, 2008
    • 02:52 PM
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  • I have the same problem ...always happens in the evening 7:00 Pm or later... and its only my lip... im 23 years old and have never had any food allergies... is it possible to develope food allergies?.. even still there seems to be nothiong in comin to tie each occurance together...im very confused and have a lot of questions.
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  • i also have this same problem it scares me sometimes because my lip gets so big it feels like its going to rip open but when i go to the doctors they say its nothing they dont even touch my lip though how would they know.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 20, 2011
    • 06:38 AM
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