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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Can severe allergies cause swelling above my collar bone?

Can severe allergies cause swelling above my collar bone?

Angioedema: Tissue swelling is called edema. If it is due to leaky blood vessels, it is called angioedema. Allergic reactions commonly cause facial swelling because of how loosely these tissues are attached to the underlying muscles. Lips and eyes are the most common sites of all. See an allergist to evaluate suspected allergy problems if your pcp cannot provide you with answers. ...Read more

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I am a hairdresser, when i cut hair i get an egg like swelling just above my collar bone . Really any time i work a lot with my arms up?

I am a hairdresser, when i cut hair i get an egg like swelling just above my collar bone . Really any time i work a lot with my arms up?

Strain: Sounds as if you have an overuse syndrome that is putting a strain on your shoulder/clavicular area. See a health care provider after it happens and when you have the swelling, so the area can be properly diagnosed and then treated best, good luck. ...Read more

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I have a lump in my left arm inside elbow where a nurse places stethoscope. It is hard and there is swelling around it. Also above collar bone?

I have  a lump   in my left arm  inside elbow where a nurse places stethoscope. It is hard and  there is swelling around it. Also above collar bone?

Likely lymph nodes: It sounds like it could be some swollen lymph nodes since it is in multiple locations. Would consult with your pcp and look for possible underlying infection or another reason for some lymph node enlargement. ...Read more

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How to reduce swelling or enlargment of collar bone?

How to reduce swelling or enlargment of collar bone?

First diagnose the -: Cause of the swelling, so see your pcp. Ibuprofen will help with swelling and discomfort; a sling will help to relieve the pulling effect of the weight off the arm. Importantly get the cause diagnosed, as the treatment would depend on that. ...Read more

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What would cause swelling of the neck above the collar bone ?

What would cause swelling of the neck above the collar bone ?

Thyroid: There are many causes of swelling in the front of the neck. An enlarged thyroid, and enlarged lymph nodes are some of the causes. A visit to the doctor should help determine. ...Read more

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Hello. My friend broke his collar bone on a snowboarding trip. He wants to know why swelling/inflamation is somtimes good and sometimes bad. ?

Hello. My friend broke his collar bone on a snowboarding trip. He wants to know why swelling/inflamation is somtimes good and sometimes bad. ?

Movement: Clavicle fractures will feel better with shoulder retraction, rest and ice untill they heal enough to be more stable. Motion will cause the bones to move and thus more inflammation. I suggest ice a few times a day, work on keeping the shoulders pulled back and not trying to do too much. Sometime these fractures require surgery to stabilize. See a shoulder specialist for appropriate options. ...Read more

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Pain/swelling from collar bone down 2 in, width 3in. Feels like skin is being pulled apart, sensitive to touch. Recently had bronchitis and strep.

Pain/swelling from collar bone down 2 in, width 3in. Feels like skin is being pulled apart, sensitive to touch. Recently had bronchitis and strep.

Costochondritis: It's very possible that you have costochondritis .. An inflammation and swelling at the point where your rib meets the cartilage of your breast bone (sternum). Having recently had bronchitis, you may have coughed forcefully, causing swelling and pain at the articulation of the bone and cartilage. This condition usually resolved itself with anti inflammatory medicine, local ice and rest. ...Read more

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Palpable bulge by lower neck/ collar bone that moves. Slightly swelling on the shoulder as well. No pain. What could it be?

Palpable bulge by lower neck/ collar bone that moves. Slightly swelling on the shoulder as well. No pain. What could it be?

Lipoma?: While its certainly hard to tell from here? Probably the most likely source of your mass would be a lipoma. It could also be a little knot or muscle spasm often called a trigger point But, if youre concerned you shoulder check it out - most likely not anything too bad? ...Read more

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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 ...Read more