-- Alan Mozes
TUESDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalizations from
angioedema, a serious swelling of the deep layers of the skin often
around the eyes and mouth, are on the rise, new research finds.
Researchers from New York Downtown Hospital searched a national
database for hospitalizations due to allergic reactions including
hives, anaphylaxis (a potentially fatal whole-body reaction) and
While hospitalization rates for the other allergic reactions
stayed the same from 2000 to 2009, angioedema rates doubled,
according to the study, scheduled for presentation Tuesday at the
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology meeting in
Adverse reactions to ACE-inhibitors, a blood pressure
medication, could be part of the problem, said lead study author
Robert Lin in an academy news release.
Being black, having congestive heart failure, kidney disease,
asthma and older age were also associated with a greater risk of
Experts note that research presented at meetings has not been
subjected to the same type of rigorous scrutiny given to research
published in peer-reviewed medical journals and should be
For more on angioedema, visit the
U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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