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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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I was punched in the face 5 days ago & the swelling is going down but I am numb the entire one side of my nose and upper lip. How long will this last?

I was punched in the face 5 days ago & the swelling is going down but I am numb the entire one side of my nose and upper lip. How long will this last?

Numbness: Usually as the swelling dissipates, the numbness soon follows. However, if you sustained injury to your infraorbital nerve, which lies in that region, It may take longer. ...Read more

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I punched my wall a few days ago and there's swelling and It hurts to move. Is it broken?

Probably: It is called a boxer's fracture and is usually the fifth meatcarpal . See your doctor and get it xrayed. You will probably need a case. Next time punch a pillow. ...Read more

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Okay, so i punched a hole in my wall 6 days ago. it was 2 1/5 to 3 inches of sheetrock. it started swelling words each day. could it be broken?

Okay, so i punched a hole in my wall 6 days ago. it was 2 1/5 to 3 inches of sheetrock. it started swelling words each day. could it be broken?

Yes: You could absolutely have a fracture, though the swelling can definitely occur without fracture as well. The only way to find out is to have x-rays of your hand. If you are having any difficulty moving your hand, wrist or fingers, or if you have any numbness/tingling etc., you should get an x-ray done. And, stop punching walls. You lose that fight every time. ...Read more

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I punched a wall a couple days ago and there's a dent in my knuckle and it's swelling but it doesn't hurt unless I touch it. What's wrong with it?

I punched a wall a couple days ago and there's a dent in my knuckle and it's swelling but it doesn't hurt unless I touch it. What's wrong with it?

Self control: Hi. I'm glad it was a wall and not a person, but still losing control of yourself and behaving irrationally can hurt someone, including you. Please consider your ability to control yourself, and seek counseling if indicated. As for the hand, an X-ray to make sure there's no fracture would not be a bad idea. Peace and good luck. ...Read more

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