Swelling in the arm that comes on slowly without other symptoms
usually is not caused by a serious problem. Swelling may make it hard to move
your arm, or your arm may feel "tight or stiff" when you try to fully bend or
straighten it. If swelling gets better or goes away with home treatment and you
do not have other symptoms, a visit to a doctor is probably not needed.
Swelling in the elbow can occur from overuse or repeated motions of
the elbow or from conditions, such as
You may have swelling (edema) in your hands, which is common after
you have been sitting or standing for long periods of time or during hot or
humid weather. Sitting or lying down and raising the swollen arm will often
relieve this type of swelling. You may notice that your arm or hand swells when
you wear tight clothing or jewelry.
Swelling may be more serious if:
You have sudden and severe swelling across 2
joints (such as your wrist and elbow) after being bitten by an insect or after
taking a new medicine. This type of swelling may be caused by an
It cuts off or
decreases the blood supply to the swollen area or below it.
not get better or gets worse when you raise your arm.
You have had
lymph nodes in your underarm removed, such as after surgery for breast cancer.
This type of swelling may be caused by