might trigger your
next HAE attack?
Everyone has different HAE triggers
HAE can vary a lot from person to person, so your triggers might be very different from those of someone else who has HAE.
Here are some of them:
Minor trauma, surgery, or dental procedure
Hormonal influences, like menstruation or using a contraceptive containing estrogen
Repetitive activities such as mowing the lawn or using scissors
If you have HAE, you should discuss any triggers, including exercise, with your doctor.
What is hereditary angioedema (HAE)?
Hereditary angioedema is a rare, unpredictable, debilitating, and potentially life-threatening genetic disorder. It can cause attacks of painful, disabling swelling anywhere in the body. These symptoms can change over time. Characteristic locations for HAE attacks include the face, hands, feet, genitals, abdomen, and throat.
Most people with HAE don't have enough of a protein called C1 esterase inhibitor (C1-INH), or the protein their bodies produce does not work the way it should, which contributes to a cascade of events in the body. This cascade causes another protein called plasma kallikrein to trigger the increased production of a third protein called bradykinin. Having too much bradykinin causes the blood vessels to release fluid, resulting in localized swelling. p>
It's important to remember that an HAE attack that affects the throat is potentially life-threatening, because it puts you at risk of suffocation. Make sure you have a plan in place for this type of attack and seek emergency care as soon as possible. p>