Swelling occurs whenever the organs, skin, or other parts of your body enlarge. It is typically the result of inflammation or a buildup of fluid. Swelling can occur internally, or it can affect your outer skin and muscles.A range of conditions can cause swelling. Insect bites, illnesses, or injuries often result in external swelling. Internal swelling is often a side effect of medication or the result of a serious injury.
For external swelling, the enlargement of skin or muscles is usually visible. However, other signs of swelling include the buildup of fluid in the affected area. An imaging scan can show an enlarged organ, muscle, or bone. A scan can help diagnose internal swelling, which is harder to identify.
If your swelling was caused by an injury, sting, or disease, you might experience a wide range of symptoms. These may include:
pain in the affected area
If the swelling is not visible or if it is internal, you may experience the following symptoms:
HOW IS SWELLING DIAGNOSED?
A General Physician/General Surgeon diagnoses Swelling by performing a physical examination, ultrasound, CT scan, and MRI to examine any blockages in the arteries or veins.
HOW IS SWELLING TREATED?
The treatment will depend on the cause of the swelling. If a tumor or abscess is causing the swelling, one may need surgery to remove it. If the growth can't be surgically removed because of its size or location, the doctor may order an aggressive treatment, such as chemotherapy or radiation, to shrink it. The doctor might also prescribe medication to relieve inflammation or swelling. Over-the-counter antihistamines can relieve itching and swelling caused by rashes or hives. Topical steroid medication may also be useful in easing skin inflammation.
DID YOU KNOW?
Swelling due to fluid accumulation can be prevented by reducing salt intake