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Quincke's edema: the causes

The majority of allergies leading to angioedema are of the food type.

Food allergies

These food sensitivities are different according to the geographical origins of people, since they are related to cultural habits.

However, peanut (peanut) is the leading food allergen, followed by:

  • nuts (hazelnuts, walnuts)
  • legumes (soy, peas)
  • fruits and vegetables (banana, avocado, cabbage)
  • crustaceans and fish
  • spices and condiments (mustard)
Quincke's edema does not necessarily start the first time the food has been eaten. Sometimes it is repeated contact that provokes it.

This is the reason why the vigilance is put in the consumption when an allergy is known, but also if it is a first time, especially among the toddlers. Especially since sometimes simple traces of allergen can trigger this violent allergic reaction. It is enough that the container has kept traces of peanut for example and that another food is prepared in it!

To read: Food allergies: causes to treatments

Animal allergies

Secondly on the scale of allergies, we find the animals, their hairs, their feathers, and for some of them, their bites. Insect bites such as wasps and the family of Hymenoptera in general, are also dangerous for those who are allergic to it and can lead to angioedema.

To read: Allergy to the cat

Latex allergy

Latex is a form of allergy that should not be overlooked, even if no contact has ever been made with this product. Indeed, a person allergic to kiwi (or banana or avocado) may trigger angioedema from its first contact with latex. This is called a cross allergy. Certain allergen molecules have similarities, thus provoking a violent immune response of recognition of the allergenic substance.

Drug allergies

Finally all medications are likely to cause allergy and potentially angioedema.

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> Food allergy in children

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