A Remedy for Angioedema That's Worth Its Salt

September 1, 2002

Antihistamines, corticosteroids, andepinephrine can take time to relieveangioedema of the uvula.

Antihistamines, corticosteroids, andepinephrine can take time to relieveangioedema of the uvula.To shrinkthe uvula rapidly, have the patientgargle with a hypertonic saltwater solution(1 tsp of salt per ounce of water)and repeat this treatment every 20 to30 minutes until the acute episodesubsides. Caution against swallowingthe solution.
-- Joseph E. Piracci, MD
    Las Vegas