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Intermittent Joint Swelling
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
Many things: Joint swelling is one of the cardinal features of arthritis. Many forms of arthritis can affect the hands from non inflammatory disease such as osteoarthritis to inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. Many other diseases may have arthritis as part of their overall presentation - like the arthritis of inflammatory bowel disease. There are many many possibilities. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Immune response: Rheumatic fever, a streptococcal infection causes the body to be "tricked" into producing an immune response to the body, in other words there is a cross reactivity of immune defenses whereby the cells responsible for immunity start to attack the body itself, and in this case major joints that result in what we call arthritis. It is nothing to take lightly and must be fought with antibiotics. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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