Your doctor will examine your welts or areas of swelling if they are still present and take a careful medical history to identify possible causes. In some cases, he or she may recommend an allergy skin test. He or she may order blood tests to check for levels and function of specific blood proteins if hereditary angioedema is a possible diagnosis.
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