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Dr. Steven Machtinger Dr. Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
40 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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What could be the cause of the gland under your arm swelling if woman?

What could be the cause of the gland under your arm swelling if woman?

Breast disease: Let's hope it is an infection in your arm or your breast. Breast cancer can spread to the lymph nodes in your armpit and cause swelling. A swollen lymph node there should not be ignored. It requires prompt, competent medical evaluation.

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


Dr. Cornelia Franz Dr. Franz
Pediatrics
years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Right wrist & arm swelling, having major headaches on & off, tired, sick stomach & constipation, nausea. Cause?

Right wrist & arm swelling, having major headaches on & off, tired, sick stomach & constipation, nausea. Cause?

Not sure: You need to be seen. Concern there is something creating a block from your neck that is leading to the arm swelling and headaches. Make an appointment as soon as you can. Could be a swollen muscle or neck out of alignment. ...But it cannot be ignored.

Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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I am experiencing arm swelling only on my upper arm and skin that is warm to the touch in the affected area. No redness or rash. What could this be?

I am experiencing arm swelling only on my upper arm and skin that is warm to the touch in the affected area. No redness or rash. What could this be?

Arm swelling: The symptoms you mention indicate a need for you to see your doc. The swelling MAY be from several things such as a circulation issue, cellulitis, etc. Your doc will help. Peace and good health.

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Dr. Robert Douglas Dr. Douglas
Dentistry - Orthodontics
47 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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I fell on my hand sbowboarding 1 1/2 weeks ago. Still have upper arm swelling and pain especially on outer arm and front, back side shoulder pain?

I fell on my hand sbowboarding 1 1/2 weeks ago. Still have upper arm swelling and pain especially on outer arm and front, back side shoulder pain?

Go to ER: Or walk in clinic and ask them to examine and x-ray your arm and shoulder to rule out any damage.

Dr. David Schleimer Dr. Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics
34 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: arm swelling?

Not to be flippant..: Really all one could say is swelling (medically known as edema) of the arm, from shoulder to wrist. Any more information forthcoming from a doctor, would be due to a more informative question.

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Dr. Daniel Clair Dr. Clair
Surgery - Vascular
31 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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Upper left arm swelling I recently noticed I have a little but of swelling in my upper left arm only. It's a little achy but not bad.?

Upper left arm swelling I recently noticed I have a little but of swelling in my upper left arm only. It's a little achy but not bad.?

Vein clot or infecti: Should have ultrasound to check for clot in vein. If associated with fevers, may be an infection. If persists should definitely see your doc to check for these things.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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I am experiencing arm pain and arm swelling after my friend hit me with a frisbee in the arm really hard. I put ice but it keeps hurting?

I am experiencing arm pain and arm swelling after my friend hit me with a frisbee in the arm really hard. I put ice but it keeps hurting?

Let your parents: Know so that they can check it out. Rest the arm, Elevate it, Can intermittently ice. Tyenol may be helpful for pain. Take care. Hope that the pain goes away soon.

Dr. Mark Weston Dr. Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
27 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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Can you die from arm swelling?

Can you die from arm swelling?

arm swelling: I can't see how atraumati arm swelling is very unusual subclavan vein thrombosis see a doctor if you have atraumatic arm swelling.

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Dr. Colin Kerr Dr. Kerr
Family Medicine
40 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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What sort of problem is arm swelling?

What sort of problem is arm swelling?

Arm swelling: Arm swelling is a relatively uncommon problem. The most common and usually obvious causes are related to trauma--falls, contusions, etc. Other rare but serious causes include a blood clot in the axillary vein (often in people who use crutches or lift heavy weights), or a rare late complication of an injury where the nerves are functioning wrong (reflex sympathetic dystrophy).

Dr. Bryan Levey Dr. Levey
Pediatrics
23 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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Child woke up with bites on arm and arm swelling slightly, . Is this a spider?

Child woke up with bites on arm and arm swelling slightly, . Is this a spider?

Agree: Also consider bedbugs. These are an increasingly common problem. They tend to bite in a line (commonly referred to as breakfast, lunch, dinner), and there will be new ones in the morning.

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Dr. Kirt Kimball Dr. Kimball
Orthopedic Surgery
43 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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Do I need to report arm swelling as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated?

Do I need to report arm swelling as a long-term health condition, or does it go away after being treated?

Symptom: Arm swelling is a symptom of some underlying condition rather than a diagnosis or health condition. To understand one must define the cause and then the appropriate treatment will be come apparent.

Dr. Yashica Robinson White Dr. Robinson White
Obstetrics & Gynecology
13 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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Arm swelling after getting implanon?

Arm swelling after getting implanon?

Minor swelling okay: There may be a little local edema in the area surrounding the Implanon insertion site. If there is an expanding area of redness associated with the site, this may be a sign of infection. See your doctor.

Dr. Colin Kerr Dr. Kerr
Family Medicine
40 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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What's the best treatment to get rid of arm swelling?

What's the best treatment to get rid of arm swelling?

Arm swelling: The simple answer is to maintain your arm elevated as much as possible. For this you have to lie down or prop it up while sitting. The more important issue, of course, is to determine what is causing the swelling and to treat the cause directly. Potential causes include accidents, bruises, infection, blood clots, tumors, and nerve conditions.

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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Stung on head and arm, swelling, discomfort, any OTC meds?

Stung on head and arm, swelling, discomfort, any OTC meds?

Antihistamine: Try antihistamine and topical hydrocortisone. If the area is painful, NSAID may help also.

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Dr. John Goldman Dr. Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
51 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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I fell down from motorbike with my left arm swelling due to dislocation?

I fell down from motorbike with my left arm swelling due to dislocation?

Or other injury: You will need an evaluation to see what type of damage has been done. You also may well need imaging.

Dr. Devon Webster Dr. Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
18 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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Daughter is 13. Had blood test two weeks ago. Flew back from spring break Sat. Arm swelling and a lot of pain started yesterday.

Daughter is 13. Had blood test two weeks ago. Flew back from spring break Sat. Arm swelling and a lot of pain started yesterday.

See a doctor!: Travelling by plane increases risk for blood clots, usually in the legs. However, it's possible your daughter developed one in her arm. Second, if the painful arm is the same arm where she had a blood draw, she could have an infection. Third, what happened during Spring Break? You may never know, but experiments (injection drugs) and accidents (falls) occur. You care, so get her in ASAP!

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Dr. J. Michael Bennett Dr. Bennett
Orthopedic Surgery
18 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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Strained elbow at work. Forearm swelled. Now swollen above elbow on the back of my arm. Swelling happened hours later. Is this normal?

Strained elbow at work. Forearm swelled. Now swollen above elbow on the back of my arm. Swelling happened hours later. Is this normal?

No: Any atypical swelling is not normal but a reaction secondary to a traumatic event. A lot depends on how you injured it. Eccentric contraction or overloading of the elbow can injure a number of tendons and ligaments that surround the elbow. It is also important to note whether or not there was a pop or a deformity associated with the injury. If the swelling does not improve I would recc evaluation.

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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Muscle pain in left arm & swelling in armpit. Recommendations?

Evaluate immediately: This demands immediate evaluation by a doctor. Swelling in the armpit could be due to enlarged lymph nodes, infection or other causes. See a doctor.

Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay Dr. Bandyopadhyay
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
17 years in practice
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
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29 weeks pregnant with slight right arm swelling/tingling. Is this normal?

29 weeks pregnant with slight right arm swelling/tingling. Is this normal?

Perhaps, but get chk: When pregnant, a certain amount of swelling is expected, as your body water increases (to support the baby & amniotic fluid). Any swelling can cause tingling, if the compartment in question gets "tight" to the point where pressure is applied to the nerves. That being said, pregnant women are also prone to blood clots, which can mimic symptoms & be dangerous. Talk to your OB/Gyn & get checked out.

Arm Swelling (Definition)

Really all one could say is swelling (medically known as edema) of the arm, from shoulder to wrist. Any more information forthcoming from a doctor, would be due to ...Read more