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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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If I raise my arm straight up, then lower it it would pop. There is no pain, swelling or discoloration. What is it?

If I raise my arm straight up, then lower it it would pop. There is no pain, swelling or discoloration. What is it?

Arm pop: Popping with movements of our joints Is. Normal. Typically the movement creates a small cavity which fills with gas that becomes released with motion and hence producing the pop sound and or sensation. This is usually only of concern if it is associated with pain, swelling, discoloration, or stiffness. ...Read more

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How does a compression sleeve help swelling caused by broken arm?

How does a compression sleeve help swelling caused by broken arm?

Forces fluid out: Compression sleeves help force fluid out of the extremity. Often times, the lymphatic system which drains fluid out of the extremity, does not work well after a fracture. A compression sleeve might help in the short term. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of the gland under your arm swelling if woman?

What could be the cause of the gland under your arm swelling if woman?

Breast disease: Let's hope it is an infection in your arm or your breast. Breast cancer can spread to the lymph nodes in your armpit and cause swelling. A swollen lymph node there should not be ignored. It requires prompt, competent medical evaluation. ...Read more

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I have thickening in left auxiliary with no pain. My gyno today said its swelling of lymphnodes caused from shaving my under arms. Is this true?

I have thickening in left auxiliary with no pain. My gyno today said its swelling of lymphnodes caused from shaving my under arms. Is this true?

Thicken left axilla: Could be-that would be a lymph node swelling from inflammation-sometimes need antibiotics, , but also consider mammogram, and in rare conditions autoimmune disease can cause lymph node swelling, May also be lipoma fat mass -benign Would consider sonogram to image the area, f/u/ w/ doc ...Read more

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What could be the cause of swelling in arms from shoulder to elbow?

What could be the cause of swelling in arms from shoulder to elbow?

Difficult answer: See your pcp for starters. This is a vague finding. It may represent a myriad of causes ranging from neurogenic causes, circulation problems, injury, inflammation/rheumatologic etc. ...Read more

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What are the causes of swelling of the arms, hands, legs, and feet?

What are the causes of swelling of the arms, hands, legs, and feet?

Many possibilities: Some causes of swelling can include systemic problems such as hypertension, and problems with the kidneys and localized issues such as arthritis, infection, lymphatic obstruction, blood clots, varicose veins, trauma (fracture, sprain, tendonitis) and side effects to medication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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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

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What could cause swelling on outside of left wrist, there is no pain and when I lift my arm up it goes away?

What could cause swelling on outside of left wrist, there is no pain and when I lift my arm up it goes away?

Cyst: There are many things that cause swellings but at the wrist, it would be most common to have a ganglionic cyst. Other possibilities are traumatic cyst, lymph node, etc. The only way to know for sure what it is is for you to have it examined and perhaps a test called MRI or ultrasound to image the lesion. I would have your physician look at it and evaluate it. ...Read more

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I got IVIG today and durning the treatment I saw that my arm was swelling up at the iv site. What causes this and will this go away?

I got IVIG today and durning the treatment I saw that my arm was swelling up at the iv site. What causes this and will this go away?

Penetration of veins: The needle might have gone through the vein and then the swelling is from the IVIG infusion. If this were true, you may start to see some bruising at the site the next day or so. The swelling should go away in a day or 2 but the bruise will take 2-3 weeks to subside. ...Read more

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Lower right forearm swelling. Pain upon touch and wrist flexion only while arm is extended. No injury to arm. Present for two weeks so far.

Lower right forearm swelling. Pain upon touch and wrist flexion only while arm is extended. No injury to arm. Present for two weeks so far.

Cyst: It could be some form of cyst like a ganglion let your physician have a look at it and make a definitive diagnosis ...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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Hi, I am experiencing pain, redness, and significant swelling in the lymph node located above my elbow on the inside of my right arm. Possible causes?

Hi, I am experiencing pain, redness, and significant swelling in the lymph node located above my elbow on the inside of my right arm. Possible causes?

Injury or infection: Lymph nodes usually swell in response to an injury or infection. A lymph node in the area you describe would most likely be due to an injury or infection in your forearm or hand. Swollen lymph node (s) are usually a sign that the body is taking care of itself and not reason for concern. In very rare cases, a swollen node may be a sign of a more serious condition. If it persists, get it checked out ...Read more

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My husbands hands and arms keep swelling. His hands blow up double their size. They are swollen more often than they are normal. What can be the cause?

My husbands hands and arms keep swelling. His hands blow up double their size. They are swollen more often than they are normal. What can be the cause?

See allergist: If he is not on ACEI type of blood pressure pill or has recently started taking NSAID, consult an allergist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes swelling in the back, under the arms, in the face and eyes to swell shut?

What causes swelling in the back, under the arms, in the face and eyes to swell shut?

Swelling: It sounds almost like an allergic reaction to something - any new foods, perfumes, soaps, shampoos? Any itching? Medicines, both prescription and otc can cause these types of reactions too. Make sure you get it checked out! ...Read more

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Cervical steroid injection caused severe shoulder pain. 18 days later getting worse. Huge bruse and swelling band on arm?

Cervical steroid injection caused severe shoulder pain. 18 days later getting worse. Huge bruse and swelling band on arm?

Get checked: You would certainly want to be checked immediately. There are multiple potential causes, from potential complications from the epidural to conditions that may be unrelated to the neck or epidural but could still be dangerous such as an axillary vein thrombosis. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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My left upper arm has been slightly swollen for nearly two months. I saw a doctor when it started who gave me no cause. Now the right arm is swelling.

Follow up appt: Bilateral swollen arms is a symptom that needs to be investigated. There can be be a blockage in either the venous system or lymph system causing these symptoms. You will need some diagnostic testing, such as ultrasound, to make that determination. Insist on proper investigation. ...Read more

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What can cause swelling in the left leg and left hand/arm?

What can cause swelling in the left leg and left hand/arm?

Numerous causes.: Impossible to say without an examination. See a doctor. The are numerous conditions that can cause swelling of joints or soft tissues. ...Read more

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MY friend 40yr old female. Weakness in arms caused by Slipped discs in neck. Arms and legs started swelling afew days ago and look veiny. Causes?

MY friend 40yr old female. Weakness in arms caused by Slipped discs in neck. Arms and legs started swelling afew days ago and look veiny. Causes?

Unusual: The neuropathies from disc may cause pain or weakness anywhere down the nerve path.
BUT swelling is not the usual?
Thoracic outlet with nerve and venous compassion and thrombosis in the arms BUT that leaves the leg swelling??
Needs good pcp visit with full history and physical examination ...Read more

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Should I be concerned of lower right hand back swelling bruising after fall onto conceret onto arm of chair?

SWELLING BRUISING: SORRY, BUT I CANNOT SEE YOUR BRUISING.
AND I DO NOT KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.
AND WHEN IT ACTUALLY DID HAPPEN.
PLEASE SEE YOU PCP.
DO NOT DELAY.
BEST LUCK. ...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

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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Elbow swelled up like a golf ball. Swelling left but lower arm then bruised. Bruising gone now - elbow slightly tender after 1 month. Is this Normal?

Elbow swelled up like a golf ball. Swelling left but lower arm then bruised. Bruising gone now - elbow slightly tender after 1 month. Is this Normal?

No, see doc!: You need to see your doc and find out why this happened. You may have gout, for example, or another problem that needs treatment. If you have pain your are not yet fully healed and you need to find out what is going on so you can get that way! In the meantime, avoid activities that make it hurt, if possible, to give it time to heal. Happy Holidays. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection that has moved to hurting above eyes cause swelling in one or both arms?

Can sinus infection that has moved to hurting above eyes cause swelling in one or both arms?

Sinus infection: Sinus infections are isolated to the head and neck they never involve the lower extremities unless there is a massive infection that involves the veins that drain the head and neck. In these cases the whole head and neck are swollen as the infection extends to the brachio-cephalic veins that drain into the superior vena cava near the heart. There would be other signs and symptoms. ...Read more

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Can a fungal infection under the arm cause persistent axillary lymph node/general swelling of armpit?

Can a fungal infection under the arm cause persistent axillary lymph node/general swelling of armpit?

YES: But it's not fdue to the fungus its due to bacterial infection "complicating" the fungal rash. I think you need ANTIBIOTICS. Call your Primary Care Physician or CONTACT us on Health Tap Prime/or go to Walk in unit!

Hope this Helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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What rheumatic diseases cause edema (in legs and arms) and widespread swelling with joint pain? I have diagnosis of seronegative spondlyoarthritis.

None. See yur doctor: None of the rheumatic diseases directly cause swelling in the hands & legs. This is more likely a side effect of medications (especially steroids & DMARDs like Enbrel) or a separate problem of the liver (cirrhosis), kidney (nephropathy), or heart (heart failure). There are autoimmune causes of cirrhosis & nephropathy. In this forum, it is hard to say if they are related to seroneg spondylarthritis ...Read more

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I have numbness & tingling in neck & whole arm. Hand and fingers are swollen, with some pain. What could cause this discomfort? This discomfort wakes me up in the middle of the night. Ice don't work for the swelling. I also have an itch in the palm of my

I have numbness & tingling in neck & whole arm. Hand and fingers are swollen, with some pain. What could cause this discomfort? This discomfort wakes me up in the middle of the night. Ice don't work for the swelling. I also have an itch in the palm of my

Carpal Tunnel Syn: Nocturnal numbness &paresthesia associated with burning pain is fairly typical of nerve compressions like carpal tunnel with or without associated nerve compression in the neck. Your pcp will refer you to a neurologist for emg/nct to confirm/exclude the dignoses & you will then likely be referred to a hand surgeon. In interim, start using hand brace and nsaids.Md may inject steroid or Gabapentin tab. ...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?

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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Can acne on shoulder and arms cause mild, painless swelling of one posterior cervical lymph node (~1cm)? How long could it last?

Can acne on shoulder and arms cause mild, painless swelling of one posterior cervical lymph node (~1cm)? How long could it last?

Yes: Usually would need to be a bad acne spot or boil or cellulitis to cause an enlarged node.
Posterior cervical node would be unusual spot. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node on my under arm, maybe the size of a small grape. I have bad allergies and started my cycle, will that cause the swelling?

I have a swollen lymph node on my under arm, maybe the size of a small grape. I have bad allergies and started my cycle, will that cause the swelling?

Not likely related: Neither your "allergies" or you menses are likely causes of an auxiliary lymph node. Have your pcp assess as to any further evaluation indicated. ...Read more

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What can cause random swelling pain in bruising in arms and hands. I have seen doctors who don't know what it is. Its caused fingers to bleed and fall off.

What can cause random swelling pain in bruising in arms and hands. I have seen doctors who don't know what it is. Its caused fingers to bleed and fall off.

Very non-specific Q;: This is a very non-specific and somewhat unfair question, because with minimal input you expect maximum output. Let me say I can only think of THE FOLLOWING: per your limited input, being meningococcal meningitis, vasculitis, Raynauds disease, Hansens disease, SBE with periferal embolisation, perhaps blood dyscrasia with macroglobulins and etc!! (Google?) ...Read more

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Does myofascial pain syndrome cause swelling? Such as my arms and legs, and does it cause muscle weakness?

Does myofascial pain syndrome cause swelling? Such as my arms and legs, and does it cause muscle weakness?

No swelling: Muscles may feel swollen but not appear to actually swell. The pain sometimes feels like weakness. ...Read more