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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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I got a sunburn on my forehead. It was swollen, but now the swelling has moved down around my eyes, What can I do about the swelling?

I got a sunburn on my forehead. It was swollen, but now the swelling has moved down around my eyes, What can I do about the swelling?

Cool compresses/ice: Swelling is caused by increased free fluid in the injured tissue. In this case, the very sensitive tissue under the skin in the forehead has been injured and is now swollen. Swelling typically shifts downward because of gravity. Things that will help prevent or improve this are cool compresses to the swollen areas, and laying down so that the excessive fluid drains back to the heart. ...Read more

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My sons head is swelling from sunburn. What do I do?

My sons head is swelling from sunburn. What do I do?

Med tx: If he has significant burn to the point that there is visible swelling - would seek medical care. In the meantime, keep sunburn cool with moist cool/cold compresses. Avoid alcohol containing products. Break off pieces of aloe vera plant & apply sap to skin. Consider non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds to reduce pain. Don’t yank off peeling skin or burst blisters. ...Read more

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Experiencing some scalp redness or irritation, scalp tenderness to touch and felt like sunburn on top of head. Few small red `spots' seen at top of head. Dr says dry scalp. Washed hair daily, used hair spray frequently. Stopped routine. Treatment?

Experiencing some scalp redness or irritation, scalp tenderness to touch and felt like sunburn on top of head. Few small red `spots' seen at top of head. Dr says dry scalp. Washed hair daily, used hair spray frequently. Stopped routine. Treatment?

Dry hair: Shampoos are more drying than soap as they remove more hair oils. If you use shampoos it's important to follow with a hair conditioner to restore oils for your hair and scalp. A skilled beautician can evaluate your hair and advise you about its status and give you advice on your hair care and hair care products. ...Read more

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I got very sun burnt four days ago, I had swelling in my forehead that has now gone down to my upper nose... Is this normal?

I got very sun burnt four days ago, I had swelling in my forehead that has now gone down to my upper nose... Is this normal?

SUNBURN ON NOSE: THIS IS NOT ABNORMAL.
WARM WATER COMPRESSES FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES EVERY 3 OR 4 HOURS FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS WILL BRING IT DOWN TO NORMAL SHORTLY.
BEST LUCK. ...Read more

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I got sunburnt on forehead noticed swelling next day this is day 3 and it's moved to top of nose and eye were will swelling go should I go see a and e?

I got sunburnt on forehead noticed swelling next day this is day 3 and it's moved to top of nose and eye were will swelling go should I go see a and e?

Bad sunburn: Following bad sunburn, there is sometimes swelling from the inflammatory response your body creates to help it heal. This fluid - much like a bruise, will be absorbed over a few days - a week. The fluid follows gravity so may progress down the face a bit further before being absorbed. Please be careful with sun exposure - this is the number 1 cause for skin cancer later in life! ...Read more

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Heavy container hit forehead/nose. 24 hours later, bruise on bridge of nose &area numb. No swelling, deformity. Could nose b broken? Is treatment needed

Heavy container hit forehead/nose. 24 hours later, bruise on bridge of nose &area numb. No swelling, deformity. Could nose b broken? Is treatment needed

See MD: Was there any loss of consciousness?
Need to be seen by ENT doctor to verify damage if any. Keep cold pack on nose for ten minutes every hour while awake. Nose bleeding? ...Read more

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I have a pretty bad sunburn with swelling around my eyes and nose. What can I do to cure myself?

I have a pretty bad sunburn with swelling around my eyes and nose. What can I do to cure myself?

Simple Care: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring. Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps. ...Read more

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I am 3 days post efudex (fluorouracil) treatment on forhead, temples and bridge of nose and have significant swelling, is this normal?

Depends: Without an exam, I can only give general information, general swelling everwhere wouldn't be usual. Swelling/irritation at the area of treatment is pretty common but can require modification of treatment.
cannot say in your particular case, dermatologic conditions are hard to discuss without seeing them. ...Read more

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Ear pain and had cipro (ciprofloxacin) for treatment still occurring back of head hurting and my throat has by touch large round egg size swelling throat pain?

Ear pain and had cipro (ciprofloxacin) for treatment still occurring back of head hurting and my throat has by touch large round egg size swelling throat pain?

Go back: See the doctor who examined you and prescribed the ciprofloxacin. The infection may be more extensive than they thought, the organism may not be sensitive and other issues may be present. ...Read more

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I'm having a lot of head pressure and neck pain. I've gone to physical therapy and he said I had a lot of swelling in my neck. What does this mean?

I'm having a lot of head pressure and neck pain. I've gone to physical therapy and he said I had a lot of swelling in my neck. What does this mean?

Muscle tightness: I suspect that these may be muscle tension headaches but you need an evaluation especially with imaging of your neck to be certain what is going on. ...Read more

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I am 22 weeks pregnant w/ my 2nd & got a severe sunburn on my knees. The swelling is very painful and basically prevents me from walking. Treatment?

I am 22 weeks pregnant w/ my 2nd & got a severe sunburn on my knees. The swelling is very painful and basically prevents me from walking. Treatment?

Sunburn or arthritis: Are you sure that it is a sunburn? Knee skin that is burned will still permit walking. Have your OB MD evaluate your knees to determine if there is something else going on such as arthritis or an auto immune disorder. It is hard to know how to treat this problem until the actual problem is confirmed. ...Read more

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There is swelling under my eye from a sunburn. Should I be worried? This doesn't usually happen.

There is swelling under my eye from a sunburn. Should I be worried? This doesn't usually happen.

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Can a sunburn on a leg cause swelling?

Can a sunburn on a leg cause swelling?

Yes: A sun burn is a burn! That will lead to swelling. ...Read more

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What do yiu do for a sunburn that causes facial swelling?

Sunburn: Ice application and Aspirin and sometimes Prednisone if approved by a physician may help reduce swelling and redness. Seek medical attention for any severe sunburn. ...Read more

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How do I reduce eyelid swelling from getting sunburn?

How do I reduce eyelid swelling from getting sunburn?

Ice: A sunburn causes acute inflammation in the skin. Using ice on the eyes in the first 48 hours can help reduce the swelling. ...Read more

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How do you heal the swelling of sunburned lips and eyes?

How do you heal the swelling of sunburned lips and eyes?

Sunburn: Unfortunately, nothing heals a burn, but time. You can help the symptoms with cool compresses to the eyes, lip balm and Ibuprofen. Don't forget the sunscreen, next time!! ...Read more

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Under my eyes are swelling. .. Its been a week since it started. .. I thought it was a sunburn but it is getting wose and worse. .. It is burning flaking... Bumpy... Dry and I am confused.?

Under my eyes are swelling. .. Its been a week since it started. .. I thought it was a sunburn but it is getting wose and worse. .. It is burning flaking... Bumpy... Dry and I am confused.?

Allergic reaction?: Your description sounds like an allergic reaction but without looking at it there is no way to be sure. I would avoid makeup/lotions/anything you are applying to skin or eyes. I would also try to think of anything you may have change recently (soaps/detergents/etc). Cool compresses, artificial tears to the eyes if irritated, and seeing an eye or skin doctor are a good idea. ...Read more

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Was wondering how much swelling is fairly normal for a second degree sunburn?

Was wondering how much swelling is fairly normal for a second degree sunburn?

Varies: This can be a serious burn so it is important that a health care professional look at it. While amounts of swelling can vary, by definition the second degree burn is one where the first layer of skin is burned through exposing the dermis. This is associated with blistering and swelling and can be a source of infection. In addition the size of the burn matter too so please see a doc to be safe. ...Read more

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Can sunburn cause foot swelling?

Can sunburn cause foot swelling?

Possible: Sunburn to the feet can cause swelling as the skin heals. It's definitely possible. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How to get rid of skin swelling caused by sunburn?

How to get rid of skin swelling caused by sunburn?

Cool soaks: Soak some washcloths or small towels in cool water and apply them to the burned areas. And learn mr. Sun's lesson: apply a good broad-spectrum sunscreen lotion whenever you go out in the sun! ...Read more

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Getting sunburn bad can cause swelling in ankles and hands?

Getting sunburn bad can cause swelling in ankles and hands?

Not unusual: You have burned the skin and the bodies response is to swell. You may want to see a doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do about severe sunburn swelling of the face around the eyes?

What can I do about severe sunburn swelling of the face around the eyes?

Cool compresses: Sunburns are just like heat burns - they cause swelling. Cooling the skin with ice can lessen the swelling. If the skin is blistering, your doctor may prescribe antibiotic ointment. If the swelling does not go down in a day, see your doctor. ...Read more

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My legs are swelling from sunburn? Already 5 days- is it normal? - will it go away? Thank u

No: Please see your doctor to find out what is going on with this problem. It's probably more than sunburn. ...Read more

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How do I reduce eyelid swelling and stinging from sunburn?

How do I reduce eyelid swelling and stinging from sunburn?

Eyelid swelling: The best idea is to apply ice or cold compresses to the eyelids and take nsaids meds like ibuprofen. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sunburn (Definition)

An intense inflammatory response to excessive sun exposure that represents the body's reaction to the tissue damage resulting ...Read more