How to Determine if You Have Hereditary Angioedema and What Treatments Are Available?

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If you have been diagnosed with Hereditary Angioedema, then Ruconest could be the treatment you have been searching for.

Angioedema can cause different parts of the body can swell due to injury or inflammation. Inflammation can occur both externally and internally, but internal swelling will require a scan to be identified. 

The professional terminology for swelling is ‘Edema.’ There are a variety of different conditions that can cause Edema including medication, infections, pregnancy, and other medical conditions and side-effects. Many people never notice internal swelling unless it causes further medical complications such as pain, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, fever, insomnia, or fatigue. 

What Is Hereditary Angioedema? 

Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) is an extremely rare condition that causes swelling in the lining of the lungs, gut and under the skin. People that have HAE have suffered from low levels of a protein known as a C1 esterase inhibitor. C1 esterase inhibitor naturally occurs in your bloodstream. 

Many people initially notice the symptoms of Hereditary Angioedema in their childhood, but the symptoms become noticeably worse during puberty. Hereditary Angioedema is characterized by severe and recurring swelling attacks. 

Many of the most common parts of the body affected by the swelling associated with Hereditary Angioedema are limbs, face, airways, and intestinal tract. When someone suffers from an episode of Hereditary Angioedema that involves the intestinal tract, it can lead to vomiting, nausea, and severe abdominal pain and cramps. 

HAE causes the small blood vessels to force fluid into other areas of the body. This swelling comes on extremely fast and will cause severe discomfort and pain. Hereditary Angioedema is a genetic condition that is passed from gene to gene. It can be passed from either parent, and there is a 50% chance that your child will end up with HAE. 

Three types of Hereditary Angioedema are called type 1, type 2, and type 3. The different types of HAE have similar symptoms and signs and are identified by their underlying causes. 

If HAE isn’t treated, then the swelling attacks will increase, and the severity of the attacks will be unpredictable and hard to control. Statistics tell us that untreated individuals will have approximately one attack every 1-2 weeks. Episodes can last anywhere from three to four days. HAE is extremely hard to diagnose because it shares similar symptoms with allergic reactions and a variety of other common gastrointestinal illnesses.

What Treatments Are Available for Hereditary Angioedema?

Ruconest is one of the most popular treatments for HAE. Ruconest is an entirely humanmade protein that is known as a C1 esterase inhibitor. When you have HAE, your body isn’t producing enough C1 esterase inhibitors. These proteins naturally occur in your bloodstream and help your body to control and also manage to swell. 

If you are suffering from HAE, then you could take Ruconest to help boost your levels of C1 esterase inhibitors. If you have any allergies associated with rabbits or products that are made from rabbits, it’s best to avoid using Ruconest. 

Below are some of the frequently asked questions regarding Ruconest:

• How do you take Ruconest? – Whenever you’re taking any medication, including Ruconest, it’s important to follow both the manufacturer’s instructions and speak with your doctor. Always take the dosage that is recommended by your doctor and don’t increase or decrease the dosage without consulting your healthcare provider. Ruconest is injected via an IV directly into your vein. It must be injected slowly over five to ten minutes. 

• How does Ruconest come? – Ruconest comes as a powder that you’ll need to mix with a liquid before use. Before using Ruconest at home, you must speak with your doctor or healthcare professional and seek medical advice. Always wash your hands before mixing Ruconest. 

• How is the dosage calculated? – Doctors will use your weight to calculate how much Ruconest you should take. Different people will have different dosages according to their size and weight. Individual bottles are used for one attack only and then should be disposed of. Never store open bottles or mixtures of Ruconest. 

• How much is one dose of Ruconest good for? – Your dosage of Ruconest should be good enough for one HAE attack. If your symptoms persist, then it may be necessary to take another dose of Ruconest. 

Always keep medicines out of the reach of children and never share your medicine with any other people. Use Ruconest only for the condition in which it was prescribed. Always consult your doctor or healthcare professional to ensure that the information displayed on this page applies to your circumstances.

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