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1. What are the common causes of swelling?
Swelling is a common symptom associated with different conditions and diseases. The common causes of swelling are as follows: retention of fluid due to kidney failure, pregnancy or some disease; injury; inflammation; insect bite; diseases such as arthritis; infections; allergies; and swelling can occur in any part of the body, either internally or externally.
2. What are the symptoms associated with swelling?
Swelling can occur internally in the body or externally on the skin. The symptoms associated with swelling are: enlargement at the site; pain; redness; tenderness; and retention of fluid (oedema). When swelling is due to an infection, you may experience nausea, vomiting, fever and fatigue. During pregnancy, swelling may appear on ankles, feet and hands due to retention of fluid.
3. Can allergies cause swelling?
Yes, allergies can cause swelling. In an allergic reaction, your body releases some chemical in response to the allergy-causing substance. This chemical is responsible for the swelling. Swelling due to allergies is normally localized. In cases of severe allergy, swelling can occur all over the body and in the internal organs as well.
4. Can I use any homecare methods for managing swelling?
The following homecare methods can be used to manage swelling. For feet and ankles use special types of socks or bandages; keep your feet at an elevated level by placing a pillow below them; do regular exercise such as light walking or swimming may help; and soak your feet in a cool bath or use ice packs.
5. What treatment methods are available for swelling?
The treatment for swelling first involves finding out the underlying cause of the symptoms. Once it is known, the following treatment methods can be followed: medications to reduce swelling and pain, anti-allergic medication to control allergic swelling; surgical removal of tumours or growths; application of ice packs and use of bandages; and avoid sitting or standing for a prolonged time.