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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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