What Hereditary Angioedema Attacks Look Like on the Body (Pictures)


Abdominal attacks happen when the intestinal wall swells. They can cause pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The swelling can be visibly noticeable. Your belly might appear unusually large and bloated. Sometimes, women who experience an abdominal attack look pregnant when they aren’t. Abdominal attacks are often misdiagnosed as other health problems, such as appendicitis or  irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

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6. Laryngeal Attacks: When HAE Makes It Hard to Breathe

Laryngeal attacks are the most dangerous type because they can cause your airway to close up. With a special camera, your doctor can see how the swelling obstructs the throat. Half of people with HAE will experience this type of attack in their lifetime, research has shown, and without treatment, the risk of death from a laryngeal attack can be as high as 30 percent. If you experience edema of the throat, seek emergency medical help right away.

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7. HAE Rash: Often the Warning Signal That an Attack Is On the Way


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