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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