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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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My wound is causing lymph nodes to swell and be painful. Is there anything I can do to reduce the swelling/pain?

My wound is causing lymph nodes to swell and be painful. Is there anything I can do to reduce the swelling/pain?

Infected wound: It sounds like your wound is infected. Have it looked at and possibly cultured. You may have to be on antibiotics. ...Read more

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How do I reduce swelling and pain in hand?

How do I reduce swelling and pain in hand?

Elevation: The hand usually responds to trauma (and surgery is trauma) by swelling. The best thing to do is to keep the hand above the elbow since most of the swelling is water and water runs downhill. ...Read more

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My thumbs badly swollen and I've got an american football match on saturday any advice to reduce swelling and pain? Ice isn't working

My thumbs badly swollen and I've got an american football match on saturday any advice to reduce swelling and pain? Ice isn't working

I'm not sure if : I'll help u on this since u r competing with U.S.A. (joke!). Consider to take nsaids(iboprofen) if no allergies, have a xray taken to check for fracture esp. If there's a history of bruising etc. Continue with the ice packs for one more day than soak in warm water. Good luck on ur competition! ...Read more

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How can I reduce swelling and pain caused by an allergic reaction to fire ant stins?

How can I reduce swelling and pain caused by an allergic reaction to fire ant stins?

Antihistamine/steroi: The best is probably steroids--such as prednisone, but this needs a script from your doc. You can try otc zyrtec/benadryl etc... Motrin/aleve may help. Topical calamide lotion and hydrocrtisone may help a bit as well. If severe, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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After taking the stinger out from the bottom of the foot, what's the best thing to reduce swelling and pain for a 6-year-old?

After taking the stinger out from the bottom of the foot, what's the best thing to reduce swelling and pain for a 6-year-old?

Bee sting: Elevate the foot, give benedryl (orally), and you can apply ice as well if that makes him/her feel better. The Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is likely to help the most. ...Read more

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What is the best home remedy to reduce swelling caused by an abscessed tooth? I'll be going into my dentist to have him look at my tooth soon, but I would like some proven things I can do at home to reduce swelling and pain. .

What is the best home remedy to reduce swelling caused by an abscessed tooth? I'll be going into my dentist to have him look at my tooth soon, but I would like some proven things I can do at home to reduce swelling and pain. 


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Dr. : Dr. Mcleod is right. There is nothing that you can do at home.
In addition, going to the emergency room just wastes previous tax dollars.
Please go see your dentist, or go to the many free clinics, or hospitals residencies out there.
The resources are there. You just have to go...
Best wishes, dr. Zev kaufman. ...Read more

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Severe reaction to a bee sting on the top of my foot. Swollen and painful. What can I do to reduce swelling and pain?

Severe reaction to a bee sting on the top of my foot. Swollen and painful. What can I do to reduce swelling and pain?

Er or primary md: Initially cold will help and antiinflammatories such as anvil or Motrin if not contraindicated. Reaction can be treated with oral steroids if necessary. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce the swelling and pain from my toe with ingrown nail?

What can I do to reduce the swelling and pain from my toe with ingrown nail?

Podiatrist: If you have significant swelling — recommend seeing a podiatrist promptly. ...Read more

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Painful swelling in ankle & legs possibly caused by lymphoma. Waiting on biopsy to confirm underlining cause. How to reduce pain&swelling in meantime?

Painful swelling in ankle & legs possibly caused by lymphoma. Waiting on biopsy to confirm underlining cause. How to reduce pain&swelling in meantime?

Be seen: I would make sure you are being seen and fully evaluated. Blood clots are more common in patients with cancer, can cause similar symptoms, and are potentially life threatening. There are certainly other potential causes. You need to be seen for a specific diagnosis regarding your swelling beyond that you may or may not have lymphoma. ...Read more

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I have a very sore, swollen ear. I am taking steriods and an antibiotic for this. Is there anything I can do to reduce the swelling and pain?

I have a very sore, swollen ear.  I am taking steriods and an antibiotic for this.  Is there anything I can do to reduce the swelling and pain?

You are being treate: You are being treated for infection and possible allegy I think, you have to be patient and let it take its course and hopefully will get better. ...Read more

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I have neurpothy. What's the. The Best treatment. To. Reduce the pain swelling. Ankle in which I can't move up and. Down or sideways and the. Toes in both legs?

I have neurpothy.  What's the. The Best treatment. To. Reduce the pain swelling. Ankle in which I can't move up and. Down or sideways and the. Toes in both legs?

Find a Podiatrist: You need to be evaluated by a podiatrist to start with. They will provide education and place you on a care plan, which may invlove custom inserts and shoes. You may need compression stockings to control swelling in your legs. Call around and find a podistrist who has compressions tockings in stock and has experience in treating neuropathy. ...Read more

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How can you reduce pain and swelling one month after meniscus surgery?

How can you reduce pain and swelling one month after meniscus surgery?

Post-op complaints: Did you have a menisectomy (removal) or a meniscal repair? — pain and swelling a month after surgery are not unheard-of by any means, but it is also possible that you are overdoing it. I suggest you speak with your surgeon and/ or physical therapist about your concerns. In the meanwhile, at home, you can use rest, ice, compression, elevation, tens (if prescribed), and/or nsaids for pain & swelling. ...Read more

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Can you crush up hydrocodone and put it on a burn to reduce pain and swelling?

Can you crush up hydrocodone and put it on a burn to reduce pain and swelling?

Hydrocodone: Short answer, no. Hydrocodone is formulated to be taken orally and its efficacy is dependent on its absorption and systemic effect as an opioid. It should help with analgesia related to a burn but there are multiple options to help with pain and swelling and other symptoms associated with a burn. I would advise you consult your physician to ascertain the best overall plan to treat your burn. ...Read more

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If I just had the pneumonia vaccine, how do I reduce the redness, swelling, and pain?

If I just had the pneumonia vaccine, how do I reduce the redness, swelling, and pain?

Cold/ otc pain med: I'd crack up a few ice cubes in a dish cloth and put them in a zip lock bag to use as a cool compress. Replace ice as needed. A couple of ibuprofen tablets up to every 6 hours may also help. It should improve gradually over 2-3 days. ...Read more

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Can ice help reduce swelling caused by the sun?

Insult to injury: If you remember that sunburn is an injury to the skin caused by radiation, the skin is already damaged. Healing inflammation occurs (red, hot, swollen, tender) to heal damaged skin. Ice to already injured tissues will increase the injury like frostbite. Better to use cool cloths, protective creams and take antiinflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). ...Read more

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Are there any pills I can take that reduce swelling?

Are there any pills I can take that reduce swelling?

Physician Eval: If is important that your physician determines the reason for your swelling. You may need a specific treatment for the condition that is leading to your swelling. ...Read more

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For what reasons should you reduce swelling to an injury?

For what reasons should you reduce swelling to an injury?

Inflammation heals: 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, compression, elevation and antiinflammatory medications in the first 24hrs. ...Read more

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Does nuvigil also reduce swelling

Does nuvigil also reduce swelling

Unlikely: The only way I can imagine that Nuvigil (or provigil) would reduce swelling would be for the drug to energize the user enough to increase exercise, diminishing fluid build-up due to inactivity. There is no direct pharmacological affect of Nuvigil on fluid metabolism. ...Read more

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How to reduce swelling from a bee?

How to reduce swelling from a bee?

Swelling from sting: You can reduce the swelling from a bee sting with ice compress. I suggest scraping out the stinger, rubbing a freshly cut onion slice over the sting, and then applying an ice pack. ...Read more

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How can you reduce swelling after mumps?

How can you reduce swelling after mumps?

Reduce swelling?: I don't know of a way to reduce swelling of salivary glands but cold compresses can help to reduce pain. ...Read more

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How do I reduce the swelling from a toothache?

How do I reduce the swelling from a toothache?

Short term: If the other suggested answers don't work, it may not be possible to reduce the swelling without the help of a dentist.
If the swelling is from an abscessed tooth it could get worse and close the airway to prevent breathing. Urgent care from a dentist or oral surgeon is important. ...Read more

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How long does naprosin take to reduce swelling?

How long does naprosin take to reduce swelling?

Depends on injury: This greatly depends on the type and severity of injury. The anti-inflammatory properties will start within 30-45 minutes of taking the medication but the actual swelling may not go down for a few hours or few days depending on the injury. I hope this answer helps and feel better soon! ...Read more

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