Swelling Overview

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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