Affected Area Is Swollen

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Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Sanshiro Kato

Sanshiro Kato, MD (Emergency department)

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Swelling occurs when a part of the body increases in size.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Edema

  • Erythema

  • Recent weight loss

Possible causes

  • Epidermoid cyst

    Sometimes known as sebaceous cysts. These are harmless bumps under the skin that are more common in men. There are a few causes including skin irritation, injury or surgery.

  • Hyperuricemia

    Hyperuricemia is increased uric acid level in the blood. Causes include alcohol intake, high amounts of meat and seafood consumption. It's also associated with health conditions such as diabetes, heart and kidney disease.It can lead to several diseases, including gout (painful type of arthritis).

  • Gout / pseudogout

    Gout and pseudogout are a group of diseases which are caused by the inflammation and accumulation of crystals in the joints. Gout is caused by accumulation of uric acid crystals, and pseudogout by calcium pyrophosphatecrystals. They are characterized by sudden painful swelling in one or more joints. Gout attacks may be caused by eating foods rich in purines such as seafood, alcohol and red meat, while pseudogout could be due to joint injury, surgery or immune problems.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Paronychia
  • Folliculitis / furuncle / carbuncle
  • Thrombophlebitis

Related serious diseases

  • Angioedema

    Swelling of the eyes, lips or other parts of the body, due to an allergic reaction. Triggers usually include external allergens like nuts, crustaceans, bee stings and drugs. However, in some cases this condition may be genetic and inherited in the family.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Is the affected area swollen?

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Maxwell J. Nanes

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Sanshiro Kato

Sanshiro Kato, MD (Emergency department)

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