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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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Got hit in the face with a volleyball. How do I reduce the swelling?

Got hit in the face with a volleyball. How do I reduce the swelling?

Natural healing: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. The key is to do things that reduce the parts of inflammation such as ice and antiinflammatory medications in the first 24hrs. It will reduce quickly. ...Read more

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On my head 6area are swelling diff size like some1hit, from 4year. And its growing fast, we remove by opration? And what chance it not grow again there?

On my head 6area are swelling diff size like some1hit, from 4year. And its growing fast, we remove by opration? And what chance it not grow again there?

Scalp lesions: There are many causes of bumps on the scalp and you should definitely see a dermatologist for this problem. It is possible that these are actually pilar cysts, and that is a hereditary problem. But I cannot tell you for sure what's going on because I cannot see the lesions. See you dermatologist! ...Read more

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How to reduce swelling cause by head bump?

How to reduce swelling cause by head bump?

Ice pack: Ice pack. Treating the swelling may have cosmetic benefits (short term) but doesn't affect long term results. Ice can also reduce pain. Apply it for no more than 20 minutes at a time. ...Read more

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How can you reduce bruising and swelling on face?

How can you reduce bruising and swelling on face?

Bruise: For the first 24 hours, I would ice the effected area to minimize the spread of the bruise. After 48 hours, heat may be applied to allow the blood to disperse about the body. The amount of time it takes to heal is highly variable from person to person. ...Read more

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Can diuretics help reduce swelling on face caused due to some allergy??

Can diuretics help reduce swelling on face caused due to some allergy??

Wrong treatment.: I would not advise using diuretics for facial swelling as (1) probably would not work, (2) you'd likely become dehydrated trying to make them work and (3) fluid accumulation would not be the cause of this facial swelling. Allergy causes facial swelling via inflammation, not fluid accumulation like you'd see in heart failure or kidney disease. ...Read more

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How can I reduce swelling of face due to hair dye allergic reaction?

How can I reduce swelling of face due to hair dye allergic reaction?

Topical steroid: Try otc Hydrocortisone cream. However if the swelling is severe enough, your doctor may need to try you on a short course of oral cortisone as well. Avoidance will be the key in the future. ...Read more

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The masseter face muscles are swollen. What can I do to reduce the swelling?

The masseter face muscles are swollen. What can I do to reduce the swelling?

Icing, Advil (ibuprofen)...: The masseter muscle is one of the muscles of mastication (biting), and it is an extremely powerful muscle, that is constantly in use. If it is bilateral and painful you must rule out mumps (inflammation of the parotid glands) that are deeper but very near. Most likely from night grinding, over-use, over-stretched. Ice, advil, (ibuprofen) limit to soft diet, reduce over opening. Moist heat too. If no relief>dr. ...Read more

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I got punched in the face over and over again. Is there any other way other than Ice to reduce soreness or swelling? And how long will it take to heal

I got punched in the face over and over again. Is there any other way other than Ice to reduce soreness or swelling? And how long will it take to heal

Worried about you: First of all, if you don't feel safe, send me or any physician on this site a message. I recommend ibuprofen 600 MG three times a day with food for about a week. Depending on the severity, it could be days or weeks for swelling to come down. ...Read more

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My friend suffers from kidney disease & face has swollen tremendously due to her meds, I believe. Is there anything she can take to reduce swelling?

My friend suffers from kidney disease & face has swollen tremendously due to her meds, I believe. Is there anything she can take to reduce swelling?

Nephrologist: Your firiend must see a nephrologist to figure out the reason for swelling of the face. It could be due to meds or kidney problem. ...Read more

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Does Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help swelling caused by bigen dye for the face? My face swole up because of it can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to reduce swelling or penicillin.

Does Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help swelling caused by bigen dye for the face? My face swole up because of it can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to reduce swelling or penicillin.

ER or dermatologist: Please go to an ER or dermatologist. Severe reactions are reported due to the dyes and chemicals in bigen. This is not something that I can give advice for online. Someone needs to see your face, your scalp and acess the entire situation. Secondary staph infections have been reported as well. Please see someone immediately to get an accurate assessment of the condition and treatment. Best to you. ...Read more

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How do you reduce the swelling of the face after having wisdom teeth surgery?

How do you reduce the swelling of the face after having wisdom teeth surgery?

Ice and NSAID's.: Ice packs applied to the swollen area 10 minutes at a time with 10 minute breaks in between can help. So can non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, Motrin (ibuprofen) and naprosyn (naproxen sodium). Do not exceed the manufacturer's dosages written on the bottle. ...Read more

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How van I reduce swelling due to a tooth infection? The side of my face is swollen the size of a tennis ball.

How van I reduce swelling due to a tooth infection? The side of my face is swollen the size of a tennis ball.

See a dentist: A tooth infection won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. Visit a dentist ASAP for definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a large acne scab on my face it is swollen and red, and nothing is helping heal. I need the fastest treatment to reduce the scab and swelling.?

I have a large acne scab on my face it is swollen and red, and nothing is helping heal. I need the fastest treatment to reduce the scab and swelling.?

Boils: Frustrating! Okay quickest solution. You probably have an infection in the deeper tissue sometimes called a boil. See your doctor and get a strong antibiotic to take by mouth. It may even need to be drained. Hope not. Stop squeezing! Use a warm wet compress as often as you can. Cover it at night with an antibiotic cream. In the day cover creams may make you feel better about it. ...Read more

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Swelling to left side of face why?

Swelling to left side of face why?

May be Parotitis: Swelling on one side, if not recently injured, can be due to infection of parotid glands, or bell's palsey, or a dental problem.
If it does not resolve with warm compresses over several hours, medical evaluation should be sought. ...Read more

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What can cause swelling of the face?

What can cause swelling of the face?

Face swelling: Lots of reason for swelling including allergic reactions, scarring from procedures done. Or sun damage. ...Read more

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How can I bring down swelling of the face?

How can I bring down swelling of the face?

Swelling is tough: Treatment is by cause so that must first be determined. Some are self limited orhers can be chronic. Some are annoying but some can be very dangerous. Start with your pcp (primary care physician). ...Read more

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How do I decrease swelling in the face from injury?

How do I decrease swelling in the face from injury?

Depends: If facial swelling from an injury is due to a contusion, ice may help decrease the swelling. If the swelling is due to an infection, get evaluated by your physician immediately. ...Read more

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Swelling head how long to go away after hitting it?

Swelling head how long to go away after hitting it?

Days at least: It'll take days- and longer if you have a hematoma (a collection of blood under the skin or muscle). If you have a hematoma, the bruising could become extensive before it resolves. ...Read more

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What can cause swelling in the left side of a 14-month-olds face?

What can cause swelling in the left side of a 14-month-olds face?

See the pediatrician: Swelling of a child's face is not normal, and your child should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. This could be dental related (unlikely at this age), an insect bite (if red and swollen +/- itching) or it could represent an infection (red, swollen, warm, painful to touch, +/- fever). ...Read more

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How long does it take for amoxiciolen to take down the swelling in my face?

How long does it take for amoxiciolen to take down the swelling in my face?

Too broad a question: Is the swelling due to an infection? What's causing the infection (tooth, gum, other structure)? Acute or chronic? Where is the swelling? What is the dosage and frequency of the amoxicillin? What is your age, general health and any medical conditions? The list goes on..... Have the dentist or physician who is treating you answer that question. I assume\hope you are not self medicating yourself! ...Read more

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I bumped my head from hitting it on a wooden shelf. What do I need to do to get the swelling to go down?

I bumped my head from hitting it on a wooden shelf. What do I need to do to get the swelling to go down?

Ice pack: Ice it! If you passed out; feel an unusual weakness, are unable to speak or have anything else out of the ordinary, go to an er; if not some ice and tylenol (acetaminophen) should do the job. ...Read more

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I just fell backwards on cement driveway landing on my bottom & slammed back of my head. Applying ice to swelling on head..

I just fell backwards on cement driveway landing on my bottom & slammed back of my head. Applying ice to swelling on head..

See a doctor: Are you on any type of blood thinners like coumadin (warfarin) or plavix? If so, go to the ER. If you do not take any blood thinner then I would still recommend evaluation by your doctor or an Urgent Care. ...Read more

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How to make swelling go down on my face?

How to make swelling go down on my face?

Swelling/Face?: Depends upon the cause of this facial swelling. Best to seek PMD or Derm evaluation... ...Read more