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Dr. David Schleimer
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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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Itchy swollen bump looks like bug bite but appears randomly while at work on fingers of both hands , swelling in middle finger. What Could this be ?

Itchy swollen bump looks like bug bite but appears randomly while at work on fingers of both hands , swelling in middle finger. What Could this be ?

What do you do?: You haven't mentioned what kind of work you do, if you deal with chemicals or latex could be related as it only happens in the work environment, please tell us what kind of work you do? Thanks, ...Read more

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Yestarday I saw itchy type bump on my left hand as well as stomach and swelling left hand please help?

Yestarday I saw itchy type bump on my left hand as well as stomach and swelling left hand please help?

Possibly hives?: Hives are raised, itchy bumps caused by histamine (chemical released during an allergic reaction). Blocking histamine by taking an oral anti-histamine can help prevent new hives from forming, and help current hives fade away. For people over 2 yr old, oral zyrtec or Claritin (loratadine) can also be used. Sometimes Hydrocortisone 1% cream can decrease hives. If worried, one should see a doctor to be diagnosed. ...Read more

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Both of my feet and ankles are very swollen and painful ! Also my hands are swlen and itchy! I elevate my legs and the swelling does go down a little?

Both of my feet and ankles are very swollen and painful ! Also  my hands are swlen and itchy! I elevate my legs and the swelling does go down a little?

Varicose vein/c doc: Although this may just be from varicose veins, since they are painful, you need to see your doctor to make sure that you do not have a blood clot in the leg veins which may lead to life-threatening consequence if not treated . That swollen and itchy hands are likely from contact allergy (something you use on your hands) which may require a dermatology consultation. ...Read more

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I have red bumps that are warm, itchy, and pain full in my arms,and hands. Otis also causing swelling. What is it?

I have red bumps that are warm, itchy, and pain full in my arms,and hands. Otis also causing swelling. What is it?

Sounds like allergic: Sounds like an allergic reaction if it involves both arms and both hands in an equal distribution. I don't understand the word "Otis" Did you mean to say, "It is?" or did you mean to say something like OTITIS...if you have ear problems as well? If this came on acutely and is getting worse you may wish to get to an ER for immediate relief. If you wish to show it to me online let me know. ...Read more

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I started my first yr of college two months ago. Recently I've been getting swelling/stiffness/itchiness in my foot, hand, neck & now my arm. ???

I started my first yr of college two months ago. Recently I've been getting swelling/stiffness/itchiness in my foot, hand, neck & now my arm. ???

See a doctor: The causes can be many, and the right diagnosis is key to good treatment. If you have been ill recently, such as after a flu-like illness or urinary tract infection certain forms of (seronegative) arthritis is sometimes seen. I hope this helps but see a doctor. ...Read more

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Experiencing hand pain, hand swelling, hand tingling and warm skin on the back of my hand. also itchy but no rash. Display photo is of hand

Experiencing hand pain, hand swelling, hand tingling and warm skin on the back of my hand. also itchy but no rash. Display photo is of hand

Hand pain: Great way to send picture. But can't seem to zoom in. What sort of work do you do? Exposed to chemicals in work or do you have to wear gloves you sweat in for work? ...Read more

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Red circular palm/hand lesions itchy itchy soles random swelling fingers always tired no energy. Negative Lyme & syphilis tst. Occurring for 12 weeks?

Red circular palm/hand lesions itchy itchy soles random swelling fingers always tired no energy. Negative Lyme & syphilis tst. Occurring for 12 weeks?

Well: How long have you been on doxycylline? Since this is not likely an essential drug , you should check with your doctor to see if can discontinue it for a couple of weeks. Otherwise you need further work up. ...Read more

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I have an itchy rash, pain & swelling on my chest, lips, back & hands after sun exposure. I take meds that cause photo sensitivity. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is not he?

I have an itchy rash, pain & swelling on my chest, lips, back & hands after sun exposure. I take meds that cause photo sensitivity. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is not he?

Avoid prolonged: Sun exposure, use sunscreen. You may have 'solar urticaria', a sort of physical urticaria, and can be precipitated by meds causing photosensitivity. If Benadryl (diphenhydramine) doesn't work, try cetirizine or loratadine, at any rate avoidance is the key. You can also try hydrocortisone cream 1% OTC. You need to see a dermatologist if problem worsens or persists, good luck ...Read more

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What should I do if I have swollen and itchy hands and i don't know what is causing it!?

What should I do if I have swollen and itchy hands and i don't know what is causing it!?

Hand eczema?: try some over the counter cortisone and try soaking with OTC Domeboro soaks 10 min twice a day. Then make an appt to see your dermatologist to determine the cause. I always think allergy or eczema. ...Read more

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What does itchy hands and rash indicate?

What does itchy hands and rash indicate?

Dermatitis: Itching (pruritis) accompanied with a rash is usually the sign of contact dermatitis. If you have recently changed laundry detergents or come in contact with an irritant such as poison ivy that could be the cause. ...Read more

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Citalopram and itchy hands after stopping the pills for 15 days. Normal?

Citalopram and itchy hands after stopping the pills for 15 days. Normal?

No: The citalopram withdrawal should be over and the citalopram itself (if it was causing your itchy palms) is out of your system. Perhaps you have dyshidrotic eczema or you should have your liver and gall bladder checked. ...Read more

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I have very red itchy hands which look very blotchy and feel like they are burning What shall I do K ?

I have very red itchy hands which look very blotchy and feel like they are burning
What shall I do 
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Acute Dermatitis: It sounds like maybe you are having a hypersensitivity or allergic reaction, especially if this happened suddenly - be sure to watch your hands of any residue. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help if you are having an allergic reaction. ...Read more