swelling

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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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What is swelling?

Fluid

The easiest way to describe swelling would be an excessive amount of fluid buildup in the body. Many things can cause swelling such as problems with veins and lymphatics of the body, clots, high blood pressure, heart failure, fractures and sprains. A visit to your doctor can help find the cause.
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Dr. Michael L. Ham answered:

Optic vein swelling?

Swelling

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Not sure what you are asking. If the retinal veins are engaged or enlarged it may mean pending / partial central retinal vein occlusion.
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Dr. James H. Isobe answered:

Swelling in the foot?

Many causes

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Prolonged sitting, standing, venous incompetence, congestive heart failure, arthritis, infection, trauma are common causes. Seek help of phlebologist at www.phlebology.org who can evaluate you and advise accordingly.
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Dr. Scott Graham answered:

Knee swelling and pain?

Get it looked at

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Anytime somithing inside the knee causes irritation, the knee will swell. This is called an effusion. Effusions are not normal in a normal knee. At your age the two most common causes are a meniscus tear or some early cartilage damage. If it persists, you should see a MD and get weight bearing xrays and likely a MRI.
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why is my ankle swelling?

Many possibilities

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venous insufficiency, hypertension, kidney or cardiac issues, side effect of medications, h/o of ankle injury. There are many possibilities and hence a history and physical by your internist is a good idea.
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Dr. Dan E. Fisher answered:

Why are my feet swelling?

Gravity

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Gravity pulls "excessive" fluid to the lowest part of your body. Excess fluid is either due to increased permeability of your vessels, increased fluid volume or inability to pump it.
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Dr. Ronald Krauser answered:

Aleve for swelling, okay?

Possibly

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What kind of swelling. It depends on the cause.
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Y my hands swelling up.?

There are many

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reasons why this can occur. Hence, it is prudent that you visit your internist.
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Is colon swelling curable?

Colon swelling

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Yes. Swelling of your abdomen can be from constipation or gas. Make sure you are having regular BMs. I assume you are not having pain or blood. If so then you must have this investigated.
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Cause of big toe swelling?

See a doctor

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You need to see a doctor since there are many causes for this
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