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Will an insect bite cause swelling in upper left arm?

Will an insect bite cause swelling in upper left arm?

Yes: Some can. This is called an arthus reaction and represents the release of chemicals into the local blood vessels that trigger swelling. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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What causes tingling in left arm and fingers? I have no pain or swelling. I'm 26 yrs old. The tingling comes and goes and goes a little to my neck?

What causes tingling in left arm and fingers? I have no pain or swelling. I'm 26 yrs old. The tingling comes and goes and goes a little to my neck?

Nerve entrapment?: Need to be investigated.Concerns are a possible herniated cervical disc or nerve being entrapped at some point in your arm.Need to be examined and an EMG is a very useful tool in determining the proper level of nerve compression.Of course some other causes of nerve tingling need to be investigated. ...Read more

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I have swelling in my left arm above the wrist to my elbow and my left leg below my knee, on the right side. What could cause this? Do I need to see

I have swelling in my left arm above the wrist to my elbow and my left leg below my knee, on the right side. What could cause this?  Do I need to see

Exam needed: Swelling of the forearm is quite unusual unless there has been a recent injury causing bleeding inside the area. If no trauma then a blockage in a vein is suspected. Swelling in the lower leg could be due to poor vein valves or pheblitis. I recommend that your Physician see you for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Electric Shock to neck in '12. Past 6mo I wake up with swelling and throbbing most to left arm & rt arm will cause thoracic to burn bad! Opinions? TY

Electric Shock to neck in '12.  Past 6mo I wake up with swelling and throbbing most to left arm & rt arm will cause thoracic to burn bad! Opinions? TY

Shock: Electrical injuries can cause significant and long term injury to muscle and nerve tissue, often delayed onset such as you are experiencing. Since it has been going on for so long, you should consider seeing your Family Doctor, as there are many ways this can be treated, including medications and physical therapy. ...Read more

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What would cause pain and numbness of the left arm and leg, swelling of the left ankle and foot, during periods only?

What would cause pain and numbness of the left arm and leg, swelling of the left ankle and  foot, during periods only?

Uncertain: This is something you should take your physician. The swelling in one leg or an ankle may be related to the venous return from the lower extremity. The pain and numbness in one arm and leg could suggest a neurologic system. This is why you should take this to your physician. ...Read more

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I have had swelling in left arm for 2 years. Sometimes more or less depending on what I am doing and the temperature. Last few months have swelling ?

I have had swelling in left arm for 2 years.  Sometimes more or less depending on what I am doing and the temperature. Last few months have swelling  ?

Many possibilities: First of all, is there is any history of trauma to the limb? If so condition such as Complex regional pain syndrome should be considered. Other things that can cause swelling of a limb include a deep venous thrombus, lymphedema, Congestive heart failure although this last one would cause swelling in legs. Best advice is to have a doc get a good history and exam to determine what is the problem. ...Read more

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26 yr old female has swelling in left arm. First time it's happened, she don't remember hitting it on anything. It's cool to touch and no bruising.

26 yr old female has swelling in left arm. First time it's happened, she don't remember hitting it on anything. It's cool to touch and no bruising.

Bite Reaction?: Perhaps it is just trauma, but if it continues to get worse after ice and elevation for 48 hours, I would consider going to urgent care. Typically infections will have warmth, but insect or spider bites can lead to swelling. Also taking an antihistamine like Zyrtec (cetirizine) can help. ...Read more

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Upper left arm swelling i recently noticed I have a little but of swelling in my upper left arm only. It's a little achy but not bad.?

Upper left arm swelling  i recently noticed I have a little but of swelling in my upper left arm only. It's a little achy but not bad.?

Vein clot or infecti: Should have ultrasound to check for clot in vein. If associated with fevers, may be an infection. If persists should definitely see your doc to check for these things. ...Read more

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I have had slight swelling in my left arm due to lymphedema. What can I do?

I have had slight swelling in my left arm due to lymphedema. What can I do?

Lymphedema therapy: Manual lymphatic drainage and complete decongestive therapy are the cornerstones of proper lymphedema care. You should seek the opinion of a vascular specialist that has a special interest in lymphedema management. You can learn a lot of the techniques and can begin self management at home once you have been properly treated. ...Read more

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