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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 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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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

Always inform your doctor of new onset foot and/or ankle swelling as this could be dangerous. ...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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Second trimester Pregnancy (Tip)

Second trimester Pregnancy

Continue light excerise like walking. Watch for ankle swelling. ...See 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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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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Second trimester Pregnancy (Tip)

Second trimester Pregnancy

To combat leg swelling, use compression stockings and elevate your feet frequently. ...See more

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What doe you think this swelling looks like it doesn't hurt its just there IV had it awhile now it doesn't grow its stays that way ?

What doe you think this swelling looks like  it doesn't hurt its just there  IV had it awhile now it doesn't grow its stays that way ?

Possible allergies: It is difficult to tell over the internet. It appears your tongue is markedly swollen which most commonly is indicative of an allergic reaction. There are many other causes of "macroglossia" or a big tongue. See a doctor for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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