Swelling is the body’s response to various types of attacks. Localized swelling may appear in any particular body region, especially if there is an injury or inflammation of that body part. Common examples of localized swelling are swollen ankles, swollen knees, or swollen fingers. Swelling over the entire body may be “generalized edema”.
True swelling needs to be distinguished from other similar symptoms such as inflammation, allergic response, edema, lumps, tumors, masses, lymphedema, distention, and many other symptoms. Any type of swelling needs prompt investigation by your doctor.
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- Injury: Injury, also called “trauma” in medical terms, refers to the physical injury to a body part or organ. There are
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- Angioedema: Angioedema is a swelling under the skin that can occur in various locations. It is different from hives (urticaria), but
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- Allergies: Allergies occur when the immune system responds to a substance. Common examples include dust allergies, pollen allergies (causing hay fever
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- Anaphylaxis: Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening extreme allergic reaction to some allergen. The underlying cause is an allergy to some substance
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- Prolapse: Prolapse is a general term for a body organ that has fallen out of its proper place. Common types include
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