During a phone-in on the daytime TV show, one woman described her symptoms to Dr Ranj and Dr Zoe to see if they could determine what was wrong with her.
Swollen eyes, a swollen tongue and a rash that disappears and reappears on different parts of her body were the woman’s symptoms.
The first thing Dr Zoe did was rule out whether or not she had Lyme disease, as a red rash is one of the symptoms.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected ticks, and the woman confirmed she hadn’t been in woodland or bitten by a tick.
With Lyme disease ruled out, Dr Zoe said it was likely the woman had a form of hives, triggered by an allergic reaction.
Angioedeme is a swelling of the area beneath the eyes, which is similar to hives and can be triggered by an allergic reaction to medicine or food.
Dr Zoe said it could also be idiopathic urticaria – a form of chronic hives.
She said there isn’t really any cause for this people are “genetical more exposed to it” or infections and pregnancy can sometimes trigger it.
So what’s the cure for both conditions?
Dr Zoe said: “There isn’t an overnight cure – ride it out and it should start to settle down in a few weeks.
“It’s all about symptom management – anti histamines are the right treatment.”
What are the symptoms of angioedema?
The NHS lists the following signs:
- Swollen skin that affects the hands, feet, area around the eyes, lips and tongue and genitals
- A rash that will usually settle in a few days
- Difficulty breathing
- Red, irritated eyes
- Tummy pain
- Feeling sick
What are the symptoms of idiopathic urticaria?
Urticaria, also known as hives, is a raised, itchy rash that appears on the skin.
It can appear on one part of the body or be spread across large areas.
It’s usually very itchy and ranges in size from a few millimetres to the size of a hand.
The rash usually settles within a few days, but it may change in appearance within 24 hours.
Lyme disease symptoms include the characteristic rash, a fever, headaches and fatigue. You could treat the bacterial infection naturally by making these diet swaps.