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A 22-year-old male asked:

does swelling eventually go down by itself?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Depends on cause.: "Swelling" can mean different things in different areas of the body, and can be present for reasons ranging from simple and transient to dangerous and fatal. In other words, swelling has to be put into a usable context. Where is the swelling? How long has it been there? Any other symptoms? How did it begin?

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Should I worry if I have a lot of swelling?

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Dr. Amy Herold
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No: Swelling is normal postpartum and usually resolves within 2 weeks as the uterus shrinks and takes pressure off the pelvic blood vessels.
A 20-year-old member asked:

How can I adjust my waistband so that it is comfortable when I swell?

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Dr. Traci Buxton
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Elastic: You can buy extenders to hook over your belt loop to widen your waistband but it is probably a better idea to buy new pant or check into causes of weight gain.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can ice make swelling go down?

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Dr. Bryan Reuss
Orthopedic Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: Ice is the gold standard for initial treatment for swelling and should always be considered in a swollen joint.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What type of common insect in the u.S. Would give you a bite with the biggest swelling?

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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Brown Recluse Spider: But this answer has a lot to do with where you live.Spiders are not really insects, but here in the south these are the most common "bite" causing a big reaction.You can have a fatal reaction to any insect sting.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How might cell swelling result from fluid shifts?

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Q is the A: Cells swell because fluids pass through the outer cell membrane. It may be caused by a myriad of situations. But your question is your answer: cells swell due to fluid shifts. Consult with proper specialist to fill in all the details. Good luck!

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