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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 had intercorse with my husband last night and my vagainal lips swelled and caused me a lot of pain is this normal?

I had intercorse with my husband last night and my vagainal lips swelled and caused me a lot of pain is this normal?

No: No. Get checked out to make sure though. You might have an infection. Or you could just be irritated if you didn't have enough lubrication. ...Read more

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What caused one of my vaginal lips to swell?

What caused one of my vaginal lips to swell?

Swelling: Labiial swelling on one aides only is usually cased by infection of barholin gland. You my need antibiotics or if abscess to be drained. See gynecologist ...Read more

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What causes only one side of the cheek and lip to swell?

What causes only one side of the cheek and lip to swell?

Need more history: Several things can do this. Infections (skin, tooth, gums), allergic reactions (to food, meds, topicals), something called angioedema, insect bites, trauma/injury. More history is needed. ...Read more

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Good morning can herpes cause lips to swell resembling an allergic reaction?

Good morning can herpes cause lips to swell resembling an allergic reaction?

Yes: And they can be very uncomfortable. See dentist or PCP asap for Rx for antiviral meds. This should shorten the duration and lessen the severity. Best to start meds when the first symptoms appear. ...Read more

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What causes you to bleed dark brown of your bottom lip and then it turns purple and swells up.

What causes you to bleed dark brown of your bottom lip and then it turns purple and swells up.

Need for examination: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. Any abnormal bleeding should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a cold sore causes your lip to swell?

Sometimes: Ice can help. Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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My lip on my mouth swollen. It starts out itching then it swells please help it's embarrassing cause it's on one side?

My lip on my mouth swollen. It starts out itching then it swells please help it's embarrassing cause it's on one side?

Angioedema: This is an allergic reaction to something internal or external and you have to try eliminating one thing at a time in an attempt to find the culprit which may be a food, temperature, makeup, etc. Taking an antihistamine like benadryl (causes drowsiness) or Claritin (loratadine) usually helps the angioedema recede or prevents it. See an allergist if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Seaweed allgery, every time my husband eats seaweed his lips & face swell. After monitoring this accurance, we narrowed the cause to fish or seaweed

Allergy to seaweed: The seaweed allergy is not related to fish but the seaweed itself. He should see an allergist or his doctor, needs to void all foods which containseaweed as it is extensively used in asian cuisine. It is used in agar, in dashi a stock used for soup. He should alwys carry a Epipen (epinephrine) and if he swells up any time he needs to use it, as it can be serious reaction. Check with the allergist. ...Read more

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Can wisdom teeth cause my lip and face swell and make top teeth hurt?

Can wisdom teeth cause my lip and face swell and make top teeth hurt?

Infection can: If your gums are infected around your wisdom teeth, all of those symptoms can result. More likely, your lip is not swollen, but numb like when the dentist gives you anesthetic. If this is happening you may have a very serious infection around that wisdom tooth. ...Read more

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Short sun exposure causes my lips to swell tingle, intensely burn & itch. Up to a week for improvement, 4 yr ongoing prob. Sun allergy? Or other?

Short sun exposure causes my lips to swell tingle, intensely burn & itch. Up to a week for improvement, 4 yr ongoing prob. Sun allergy? Or other?

Yes: This is called photosensitivity as opposed to phototoxicity since the area itches. Be sure that this is not an interaction of the sun with an ingredient in your lipstick. Try lip balm with sunscreen to see if this makes any difference. Make sure you are not taking something like tetracycline or a quinolone which renders your skin more susceptible to sunburn even though the likelihood is low ...Read more

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I have a sore on my lower lip. It came suddenly. This happens everytime it is cold and warm. Can a sore on my lip, cause it to swell? Dangerous? :)

Not dangerous: Unless there are systemic symptoms, it sounds like it may be recurrent aphthous stomatitis which has many causes and many triggers. Although it has no cure it is not dangerous. Much more rarely, it may be part of a GI syndrome or in combination with genital ulceration may signal behçet's. Tissue biopsy is not necessary unless your pcp suspects squamous carcinoma. ...Read more

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Is there a dental condition that could cause swelling under the lip? It will itch for a.second. Then swell then go away cracks at corner of mouth to

Is there a dental condition that could cause swelling under the lip? It will itch for a.second. Then swell then go away cracks at corner of mouth to

Angular cheilitis: Could be either an impetigo-type skin infection or a yeast infection or both. Try an antibiotic ointment alternating with an antifungal cream like clotrimazole and see your primary care doctor for further treatment. It can also happen from malabsorption or malnutrition. B-complex vitamin supplement and iron may help. Also, avoid lip-licking and moisturize at night with lip balm or vaseline. ...Read more

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