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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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What is swelling?

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. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
1,498 Doctors shared insights

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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Swelling (Tip)

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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There are swelling in my back?

There are swelling in my back?

Hard to say: It is hard to diagnose you without more info. Where on the back? Are the swollen areas itchy? How many are there? How long has it been there? Are they red? ...Read more

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What causes swelling in the body?

What causes swelling in the body?

Multiple causes -: Heart, kidney, lung, liver conditions; medication side effects etc. Take care! ...Read more

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What causes swelling of the lower?

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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Causes of right side facing swelling?

Causes of right side facing swelling?

Facial Swelling: Hi! A number of causes exist for facial swelling. If you have fever, chills, pain, or pus you should seek medical evaluation asap. Sometimes a tooth abscess can cause swelling in the jaw or face. Parotid gland duct blockage is not usually painful, try fluids, sour candy, heat, and massage. If the gland is infected it will be warm, painful, and tender, you should seek medical help. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am having body swelling what to do?

I am having body swelling what to do?

Million causes: Your complain is very general. Things that cause total body include severe allergic reactions, heart failure, severe malnutrition, severe fluid overload, sepsis, etc. Swelling is a very non-specific finding and has so many causes that identifying the cause takes more than 400 words allows me to help. If it is causing you problems, then getting a doctors opinion should give you peace of mind. ...Read more

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Is there always swelling with enthesitis?

Is there always swelling with enthesitis?

Yes, swollen: Enthesitis or enthesiopathy is inflammation where tendons or ligaments insert into the bone. Recurring stress or inflammatory autoimmune disease can cause inflammation or occasionally fibrosis and calcification. One common site is at the heel, particularly the achilles tendon. It is associated with hla b27 arthropathies like ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and reactive arthritis. ...Read more

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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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Does swelling eventually go down by itself?

Does swelling eventually go down by itself?

Depends on cause.: "Swelling" can mean different things in different areas of the body, and can be present for reasons ranging from simple and transient to dangerous and fatal. In other words, swelling has to be put into a usable context. Where is the swelling? How long has it been there? Any other symptoms? How did it begin? ...Read more

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Submental ln swelling in 6 years old child?

Submental ln swelling in 6 years old child?

The size is importan: A 6 y/o may have a submental node or two normally, but they are usually small, smaller than 1/2 inch. When it is infected, it may be red and/or tender. It is extremely rare for a small child to have a cancer in the submental node only. A viral infection as the cause is a possibility. It may be a lymph node, but maybe a thyroglossal cyst if it is in the midline. I would have a doctor take a look. ...Read more

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Is swelling in distal area to an I&d normal?

What area distal?: Vague question. Where was I&D done. Area distal to what? When you say distal in medicine you need to specify area distal to what anatomical body part you are referring to. Please give a little more detail ...Read more

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What does retaining fluid and swelling mean?

What does retaining fluid and swelling mean?

Developing edema: Could develop from a high salt intake. Certain heart and kidney conditions can be causes for this. It warrants evaluation by your physician. ...Read more

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How long can swelling continue after an injury?

How long can swelling continue after an injury?

Depends: On the type, location and severity of the injury.



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Is true that salty crackers can cause swelling?

Yes: In moderation probably not, however, what is known is: that salt or sodium causes an imbalance of fluid distribution in the body and pursuant to swelling, it causes retention of body fluids: this leads to swelling or "edema". Good luck! ...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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How might cell swelling result from fluid shifts?

How might cell swelling result from fluid shifts?

Q is the A: Cells swell because fluids pass through the outer cell membrane. It may be caused by a myriad of situations. But your question is your answer: cells swell due to fluid shifts. Consult with proper specialist to fill in all the details. Good luck! ...Read more

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Left lympnoid swelling be from espestice exposure?

Left lympnoid swelling be from espestice exposure?

Unlikely: Asbestos usually dies not cause acute symptoms. Breathing or eating for a while can cause disease.
With a three year old get good pediatric and or ENT exam.
Many more common causes exist. ...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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Advice me diet as I have swelling on small intenstine?

Advice me diet as I have swelling on small intenstine?

Diet for intestines: I wish there was more info provided about your condition that would help determining what foods to eat and which ones to avoid.
Since nothing is known about your condition, the best way to suggest would be - watch foods are known to make your intestines hurt and which ones don't. Caffeine, dairy, fat rich, fried foods are usually harder for the guts. In case of gluten intolerance - avoid gluten. ...Read more

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Continued swelling (20days) after injection, what to do?

Continued swelling (20days) after injection, what to do?

R/O ABCESS/HEMATOMA: Seek evaluatIon to rule out ABCESS vs Hematoma ...Read more