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Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


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My 4yo wakes up once every couple weeks or months screaming her leg hurts. Advil (ibuprofen) helps and fine from there on. No fevers or swelling?

My 4yo wakes up once every couple weeks or months screaming her leg hurts. Advil (ibuprofen) helps and fine from there on. No fevers or swelling?

Growing pains: This could be growing pains. Is it only one extremity always? Consider an appt with the pediatrician for evaluation since growing pains is a diagnosis of exclusion ...Read more

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I started taking ibuprofen for arthritis. Now my feet, ankles are swollen. How long will it take for the swelling to go down after I stop the advil?

Varies: It varies quite a bit, you certainly did the right thing stopping it. If it does not get better with 24-48 hours, or get worse at any point, or if it associated with other symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain, you should be seen immediately, even if it means going to the ER. There are other potential causes which can be very serious. Hope you start feeling better! ...Read more

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Mild pain and swelling between right shoulder and spine. Advil (ibuprofen) helps but by end of day give me a headache. No movement problems Any thoughts?

Mild pain and swelling between right shoulder and spine. Advil (ibuprofen) helps but by end of day give me a headache. No movement problems Any thoughts?

Pain and swelling: Pain with swelling that persists can be indicative of a structural problem. Commonly in the area between the spine and shoulder blade it is a consequence of a sprain or strained muscle. Relief with any NSAIDs also suggests muscle or tendon inflammation.if the condition persists beyond 7-10 days get it evaluated ...Read more

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I got a goose egg on the right side of my head. It has beenswollen for two days. Now, the swelling has reached my eye and head and it is black also. Ice does not work. Is taking Advil (ibuprofen) good? What else can I do?

I got a goose egg on the right side of my head. It has beenswollen for two days. Now, the swelling has reached my eye and head and it is black also. Ice does not work. Is taking Advil (ibuprofen) good? What else can I do?

Head injury: It sounds like you've injured your head, and the swelling cannot be expected to go away immediately. I see you're also having dizziness. You need to be seen by a doctor since the swelling is extending and you're dizzy. You can go to an er to be examined. Concussion is possible. The homeopathic remedy arnica 30c may help with the bruising and swelling. A dose every 3-4 hours for first 2 days. ...Read more

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Have focal edema on coccyx (mri result). Pain for now 7 months. Getting worth. Tried ultra sound, laser for swelling, cushion, advil (ibuprofen). What's next?

Have focal edema on coccyx (mri result). Pain for now 7 months. Getting worth. Tried ultra sound, laser for swelling, cushion, advil (ibuprofen). What's next?

Cushion: Usually using a cushion with a cut out (donut cushion) for 100% if sitting will allow this to resolve. Only rarely is surgical excision needed as a last resort. ...Read more

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What is a common cause of swelling in the scrotum behind testicles? It gets worst after ejaculating, but better with advil (ibuprofen). Is it affected by cialis?

What is a common cause of swelling in the scrotum behind testicles? It gets worst after ejaculating, but better with advil (ibuprofen). Is it affected by cialis?

Likley epididymitis: The epididymis collects and warehouses sperm. It is very prone to getting inflammed and swollen. Antiinflammatories like advil (ibuprofen) help, and any activity like sex will make it hurt more. Cialis should have no effect. Other less likely causes to your condition would be fluid from a hydrocele or hernia. ...Read more

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11d post vasectomy. Alternating percocet, Advil (ibuprofen) 400mg, & taking herbal baths (uva ursi, marigold, witch hazel). Is pain/swelling normal for this long?

11d post vasectomy. Alternating percocet, Advil (ibuprofen) 400mg, & taking herbal baths (uva ursi, marigold, witch hazel). Is pain/swelling normal for this long?

Highly variable...: Post-vasectomy pain/swelling varies greatly from virtually painless with no swelling to severely painful with a huge swelling; the degree and frequency of such wide variation seems reflecting surgeons' skill.. Nonetheless, such situation is acceptable as long as improving surely ; slowly day by day. How long does it take to resolve? Occasionally, maybe up to 2-4 weeks. So, wait and see, ;. .. ...Read more

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I had an allergic reaction to bell peppers two days ago. Should I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for the residual swelling in my throat or stick with advil?

I had an allergic reaction to bell peppers two days ago. Should I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for the residual swelling in my throat or stick with advil?

As needed: Unfortunately, food reactions can persist for several days as the material proceeds through your digestive tract. If you tolerate Benadryl (diphenhydramine) ok you can certainly use it for several days. The advil is unlikely to influence allergic swelling. ...Read more

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Will Advil (ibuprofen) bring down the swelling of a sore throat?

Will Advil (ibuprofen) bring down the swelling of a sore throat?

It would be likely: To help with pain. I am not sure that it would cause a significant decrease in swelling. ...Read more

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I have ache in base of throat and neck. No cold symptoms but want to cough. Feel small swelling on sides of neck painful unless I take Advil (ibuprofen)

I have ache in base of throat and neck. No cold symptoms but want to cough. Feel small swelling on sides of neck painful unless I take Advil (ibuprofen)

Viral pharyngitis: This is how most viral infections of the throat present. If your symptoms do not resolve after three or four days then perhaps you should see your doctor. If you run fevers more than two days you should also see a dr. To make sure it is not strep throat. If you have difficulty swallowing or opening your mouth that would be reason to see the doctor right away. ...Read more

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On and off daily knee pain. CBC was normal. No swelling, no heat, no lump just pain. Advil does not help. I'm not overweight. Bone cancer?

On and off daily knee pain. CBC was normal. No swelling, no heat, no lump just pain. Advil does not help. I'm not overweight. Bone cancer?

Likely not bone canc: Knee pain is a very common problem, it may happen related to overuse injuries, very often seen in athletes. Or it may be arthritic or inflammatory from other autoimmune problems. Knee pain can actually be referred hip pain, it may be bursitis or torn or sprained ligaments, or meniscal injuries. The role of your doctor is to find out which of these it is; very rarely it will be cancer; VERY RARE. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could ibuprofen reduce swelling of my lymph node?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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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Advil (Definition)

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