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Hi, I'll try to answer your questions.
1. does this sound like a mild anaphylactic reaction?
No, it does sound like angioedema. Angioedema is like hives but the swelling occurs deeper within the skin around the eyes and lips and sometimes of the genitals, hands and feet. It generally lasts longer than hives, 1-2 days. Sometimes angioedema of the throat, tongue, or lungs can block the airways, causing difficulty breathing. This is rare but could become life-threatening.

2. Do you think we should still be carrying an inhaler around with us, or an epipen, or something like that??? Yes, just to safe I think you should carry an epipen. If her tongue or lips swell or she has any trouble breathing (wheezing) use the pen and take her to emergency just to be safe.

I would also try and find a better allergist. There is a trigger or more than one trigger that is making this happen to her. Triggers can be nastly little buggers to try and find sometimes but worth it if she could avoid it. Also letting the school nurse know that this could occur may be a good idea.

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