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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


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My mom gets these painfull swellings around her ears whenever she eats anything cold.What could be the problem?

My mom gets these painfull swellings around her ears whenever she eats anything cold.What could be the problem?

Parotid gland: The swellings are most likely swelling of the parotid glands, as that is the only gland-like structure in front of the ear that could be related to eating. I do not think this is any thing serious, but would certainly recommend a head and neck surgeon for diagnosis and possible treatment. ...Read more

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Why are my glands swelling and sore around my ears, front and back of my neck? Feeling like i'm getting a temperature too

Why are my glands swelling and sore around my ears, front and back of my neck? Feeling like i'm getting a temperature too

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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Abnormal swelling around the face with ear ache and throat pain.what could it be? An ear infection or cancer? Under the jaw swelling also.age 48

Abnormal swelling around the face with ear ache and throat pain.what could it be? An ear infection or cancer? Under the jaw swelling also.age 48

Facial swelling: It is hard to say what you have in this kind of forum. It could be as benign as a cold or something more serious. Go see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have an infected cyst on my head and swelling of the glands around my ear - could they be connected?

I have an infected cyst on my head and swelling of the glands around my ear - could they be connected?

Quite likely: Lymph nodes connected to an area of infection do get large and may be painful. In severe cases, abscess may form in the lymph node. Please have your infected cyst treated promptly. ...Read more

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Cheek has been swelling for a month. No pain but intermittent minor pain around back of ear. Soft tissue inside mouth (cheek) is swelling?

Swelling: This may be a salivary gland problem but it is impossible to give a definitive diagnosis without examining you, so I would let your dr. Have a look at it ...Read more

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What works against swelling around my jaw caused by an ear infection?

What works against swelling around my jaw caused by an ear infection?

Antibiotics: If you have swelling around your jaw from an ear infection you need examination by a doctor and probable treatment with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Ache and pain in and around tonsil area with some swelling at times, one side of tongue feels sore but can't see anything wrong, ear problem also, ?

Ache  and pain in and around tonsil area with some swelling at times, one side of tongue feels sore but can't see anything wrong, ear problem also, ?

Examination: Schedule an appointment with a family physician and have it evaluated. It's almost impossible to adequately examine your own pharynx. I'm sure they will examine your ears, too. This is the only way to come up with a good diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of swelling around my jaw caused by an ear infection?

How can I get rid of swelling around my jaw caused by an ear infection?

Antibiotics: If you have swelling around the jaw with an ear infection - see a doctor asap... This is not common for a routine ear infection. ...Read more

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