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What is the main difference between inflammation and swelling?

What is the main difference between inflammation and swelling?

Edema vrs Inflammat : Inflammation is characterized by redness, increased local temperature or warmth, immobilization of the area, pain and swelling or edema. Swelling is just too much fluid out of the vessels into the soft tissue. Not all swelling means inflammation. ...Read more

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Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more


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Can you please tell me how inflammation and swelling differ?

Similar: Swelling is the outer, visible manifestation of inflammation in many cases. Inflammation depending upon the the cause and anatomical place may not show swelling. In general though, inflammation is the accumulation of fluids brought to the area due to trauma, disease etc, swelling would be a symptom of inflammation. Good luck. ...Read more

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How is the pain & swelling/inflammation caused by osteoartheitis managed?

It depends: It depends somewhat on the joints involved and the severity of the involvement. Nsaids can help as can cortisone injections, injectable lubricants, physical therapy, etc. ...Read more

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How can I stop my gums from inflammation and swelling?

How can I stop my gums from inflammation and swelling?

Find the cause.: You need to find out what's causing the problem, and treat that. Sometimes a good cleaning is all that's necessary, but you need to find out, because gum inflammation can eventually lead to loss of teeth. ...Read more

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If someone had inflammation or swelling of the brain. How severe would the headaches be?

Different things.: "inflammation" of teh brain might be painless, and present with seizures, paralysis, or altered state of consciousness. "swelling" presses against the dura (bag in which the brain sits) and that tends to become the worst headache ever - which is mainly how we find out about it. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on which treatments physicians commonly used in brain swelling or inflammation?

Any suggestions on which treatments physicians commonly used in brain swelling or inflammation?

Strange question: Are you in an ICU? Have you had a stroke or hemorrhage or severe brain trauma or a tumor? Are you in a coma? Are you having seizures? Do you have hydrocephalus or herniation? If mannitol, hyperventilation, hypervolemic hemodilution or steroids don't work, they may have to call in a neurosurgeon to drill a hole in your head to decompress your brain. Or have I misunderstood your question? ...Read more

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Can swelling and inflammation cause blood clots?

Can swelling and inflammation cause blood clots?

Yes: The pathophysiologic mechanisms are complex but the basic answer to your question is that it can and does occur. ...Read more

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Breast inflammation swelling. How do I get the swelling down?

Depends why: There can be many reasons why there is swelling.. Infection? Perhaps antibiotics immune system reaction? Sterioids hormonal problem? Homoral evaluation and assess cause and treatment. Local treatment with cool compresses may temporarily help...If not any infection. ...Read more

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Is breast inflammation or swelling a common symptom of mastitis?

Is breast inflammation or swelling a common symptom of mastitis?

Yes: As you breast feed, your breasts are initially engorged/swollen then soften as the milk is released. If you have a persistent area of swelling, redness in your breast, you may have a mastitis. See your health provider immediately to see if antibiotics are necessary for your condition. ...Read more

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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