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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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