- Chrissy Teigen just posted a photo of her super-swollen lip on Twitter.
- She said the swelling occurred because of altitude sickness.
- The side effect Chrissy is experiencing is known as angioedema.
Chrissy Teigen is all about sharing her health dilemmas with the world through social media. She recently shared that she gets Botox in her armpits to help with excessive sweating. She also posted about a weird muscle in her arm that wouldn't stop twitching a while back. And then there was that time she posted about how her tooth fell out.
Now, she's sharing about a crazy side effect she's experiencing from altitude sickness. She shared a picture on Twitter of her super-swollen lips, explaining that she has a condition called angioedema.
"Very upset and saddened that my own birth state, Utah, has chosen to poison me with terrible altitude sickness," she shared.
"Did u know angioedema can be triggered from altitude sickness? Learn something new every day! My lip about to explode. Goodbye world," she captioned the photo.
When asked what it felt like by one of her followers, she replied, "It’s so big it’s shiny and hard like glass."
did u know angioedema can be triggered from altitude sickness? learn something new every day! my lip about to explode. goodbye world pic.twitter.com/3uMfbCJYn5— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 17, 2019
So what the heck is angioedema—and is that a real thing?
Indeed, it is: The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology defines it as "swelling in the deep layers of the skin, often seen with urticaria (hives)." It most often occurs in soft tissues like the eyelids, or you guessed it, the mouth. It's most commonly caused by an allergic reaction to medicine or foods. It's unclear of altitude sickness causes angioedema, but the University of Michigan notes that swelling of the face, hands, and feet can be a symptom of altitude sickness.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common treatment for angioedema is antihistamine medication (aka Benadryl.) But others include taking anti-inflammatories (like Advil), applying cool compresses, and even taking an oatmeal bath.
Here's hoping Chrissy's swelling goes down soon!
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