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Facial swelling and pain

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  • Posted By: dblnomad
  • May 9, 2008
  • 01:28 PM

I am submitting this question in regard to a condition my wife has that reoccurrs ever year at this time for the last 4 years and the docs don't have a clue.
HER; 45 year old white female. Good general health. 5'4" 145LBS. Beigining in early May. Only her face swells , gets red, painful and warm. THe first year it was diagnosed as facial cellulitis. A complete bloodwork is performed each time this occurs and there is NO infection present. THe second, third and fourth time(now) it has happened the docs could not come up with a diagnosis and referred her to an allergist. We think is allergy related but a complete battery of scratch type tests reveals no reactions. She usually ends up in the hospital for a few days on IV antibiotics and other meds I donot recall. THe antibiotics don't seem to do anything and it eventually goes away on its own. But it the meantime it really kicks her butt and leaves her completely drained. She says each time this happens by the time its over she feels like she has aged 10 years. We have tried Benadryl and Claritin starting in late April to no avail. She exhibits no other allergy type symptoms(runny nose, scratchy eyes, etc). WE feel that an infection would not occur every year at the same time, like clockwork. We live in Massachusetts. This usually coincides with the tree and grass pollen season, but could be a coincidence. We are at a loss....so are the docs please help. :rolleyes:

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  • Hereditary angioedema, perhaps... Ask the allergist about blood tests for this.
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • I am submitting this question in regard to a condition my wife has that reoccurrs ever year at this time for the last 4 years and the docs don't have a clue.HER; 45 year old white female. Good general health. 5'4" 145LBS. Beigining in early May. Only her face swells , gets red, painful and warm. THe first year it was diagnosed as facial cellulitis. A complete bloodwork is performed each time this occurs and there is NO infection present. THe second, third and fourth time(now) it has happened the docs could not come up with a diagnosis and referred her to an allergist. We think is allergy related but a complete battery of scratch type tests reveals no reactions. She usually ends up in the hospital for a few days on IV antibiotics and other meds I donot recall. THe antibiotics don't seem to do anything and it eventually goes away on its own. But it the meantime it really kicks her butt and leaves her completely drained. She says each time this happens by the time its over she feels like she has aged 10 years. We have tried Benadryl and Claritin starting in late April to no avail. She exhibits no other allergy type symptoms(runny nose, scratchy eyes, etc). WE feel that an infection would not occur every year at the same time, like clockwork. We live in Massachusetts. This usually coincides with the tree and grass pollen season, but could be a coincidence. We are at a loss....so are the docs please help. :rolleyes: This does sound like an allergic reaction. Allopathic allergy testing is not accurate - I too was told I had NO allergies when I would have an acute asthma attack if I just LOOKED at a juniper tree! Please research a treatment called NAET. NAET is the only treatment I am aware of that will diagnose and actually reverse the allergic response. It is nondrug, noninvasive, and, if you have allergies, life changing. www.naet.com for info. NAET is not a quick fix, and does require patience and money. But it completely changed my life. This symptom can also be a side effect of medications. Is she taking any medications currently? Does she take anything, including supplements, before the allergy season starts? Does she use any steroidal inhalers or nose sprays? Does she tend to eat a lot of berries or strawberries this time of year? What lotions does she use on her face? Does she have any urination problems and any other swelling of her hands/feet? Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for your reply. She is on some anxiety and blood pressure meds but she takes them year round. She uses nose spray every now and then for a stuff nose. She takes a multi-vitamin daily. She hasn't eaten anything lately that we don't eat at other times of the year. She uses Neutrogena lotion. Nothing else is swollen or sore. She just got back from the dermatologist about an hour ago. No infection or bacteria of any kind is present in the bloodwork. He put her on Prednisone(steroid) and some type of facial cream/moisturizer. No problems in the peeing department. I will look into NAET. Thanks for the help.
    dblnomad 1 Replies Flag this Response
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