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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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