Swelling occurs whenever the organs, skin or other parts of the body enlarge. Swelling is essentially the result of inflammation or a buildup of fluid and it can occur internally, or it can affect the outer skin and muscles. Swelling can be caused due to insect bites, illness, or injuries. Some of the common symptoms of Swelling include itching, vomiting, pain in the affected area and flatulence.
HOW IS SWELLING DIAGNOSED?
First, doctor will go over the symptoms you are experiencing and perform a physical examination to check for tenderness in the affected area.
An imaging test, such as an ultrasound, can offer more information about the cause of the swelling. Or more specialized tests, such as a CT scan or MRI, may also provide information on the cause of the swelling.
Imaging tests might reveal blockages in your arteries and veins, inflamed muscle or tissue, or bone fractures. They can also show if you are retaining fluid or have an impacted colon. And your blood and urine will be tested to determine if a disease is causing the swelling.
If a severe allergic reaction is causing your swelling, you will be given an injection of adrenaline before any tests are administered. This medication will stop the reaction from getting any worse.
HOW IS SWELLING TREATED?
Treatment depends on the cause of swelling. Medication may be prescribed to reduce inflammation. Managing the illness causing swelling helps bring down the enlargement. Internal swelling can be reduced by lifestyle changes
DID YOU KNOW?
Usually swelling subsides in a matter of a week or two, but in case it doesn’t it is best to consult a doctor and have the area checked.