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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Overview)

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 of the body (localized).


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I jammed my middle finder at practice today. What can I do to make the swelling and pain go away?

I jammed my middle finder at practice today. What can I do to make the swelling and pain go away?

R.I.C.E.: Rest, immobilize (or at least don't carry anything- gentle range of motion okay if not painful), use ice 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off (repeat several cycles), elevate. If you start to lose sensation, if it is not improving, or if you can't move your finger, you should go to urgent care or er. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Overview)

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 of the body (localized).


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Should I worry if I have a lot of swelling?

Should I worry if I have a lot of swelling?

Depends on cause: Some causes of swelling can include systemic problems such as hypertension, and problems with the kidneys and localized issues such as arthritis, infection, lymphatic obstruction, blood clots, varicose veins, trauma (fracture, sprain, and tendonitis) and side effects to medication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Treating Swollen Feet or Ankles (Tip)

Treating Swollen Feet or Ankles

Explain if associated with trauma, the timing of the swelling bad associated medical issues. ...See more

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Can ice make swelling go down?

Can ice make swelling go down?

Yes: Ice is the gold standard for initial treatment for swelling and should always be considered in a swollen joint. ...Read more

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Fell on mywrist Severep pain and swelling can't bend?

  Fell on  mywrist   Severep pain and swelling   can't  bend?

Fracture?: need to go get X-ray. Sounds like could have fractured one of the several bones that make up your wrist. ...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 got accident before ten days and injuries now healed but still swelling is there.please reply..thank u.

I got accident before ten days and injuries now healed but still swelling is there.please reply..thank u.

6 to 8weeks: The average human healing time for soft tissue trauma/injury is approximately 6 to 8 weeks however there are significant individual variables that include but not limited to the nature and extent of injury and also coexisting morbidities. ...Read more

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What causes swelling of the lower?

Lower extremity : Swelling may result from different things such as problems with the veins or lymphatic system, systemic conditions like high blood pressure or heart failure, and trauma like sprains and fractures. A visit to your primary care physician or podiatrist may help to uncover the cause. If the swelling is sudden and in only one extremity, a you should see your doctor immediately to rule out a blood clot. ...Read more

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