Often the importance of swelling can be
determined only when the specific area or cause of swelling is evaluated. If
you have swelling in a specific area or from a specific cause, use one of the
following topics to evaluate your swelling.
allergic reaction: Go to the topic
Swelling in your face:
Go to the topic
Facial Problems, Noninjury,
Mouth Problems, Noninjury, or
Toothache and Gum Problems.
being in the sun or a hot environment: Go to the topic
Heat-Related Illnesses or
Swelling in the belly: Go to the
Abdominal Pain, Age 11 and Younger or
Abdominal Pain, Age 12 and Older.
Swelling during pregnancy: Go to the topic
Swelling in a
specific body area: Go to the topic:
Arm Problems, Noninjury or
Finger, Hand, and Wrist Problems, Noninjury or
Finger, Hand, and Wrist Injuries.
Elbow Problems, Noninjury or
Shoulder Problems and Injuries.
Hip Problems, Age 12 and Older,
Hip Problems, Age 11 and Younger,
Hip Injuries, Age 12 and Older, or
Hip Injuries, Age 11 and Younger.
Leg Problems, Noninjury or
Knee Problems and Injuries.
Toe, Foot, and Ankle Problems, Noninjury or
Toe, Foot, and Ankle Injuries.
Abdominal fullness or bloating: Go to the topic
Gas, Bloating, and Burping.
Swelling in the rectal area: Go to
Swelling in your
lymph nodes: Go to the topic
Swelling in the groin: Go
to the topic
For men, swelling in the
genital area: Go to the topic
Male Genital Problems and Injuries.
Insect or spider bites or
stings: Go to the topic
Insect Bites and Stings and Spider Bites.
Animal or human bites: Go to the topic
Animal and Human Bites.
Burns: Go to the
Problems after surgery: Go to the
Eye swelling: Go
to the topic
Eye Problems, Noninjury or
If your doctor has given you instructions on how to treat
swelling for your health condition, follow those instructions.
Do you think or know that a medicine is causing your swelling?Note: Call the doctor who prescribed the medicine to see whether you should stop taking the medicine or take a different one. An appointment may not be needed.If you are taking a nonprescription medicine, stop taking the medicine. Call your doctor if you feel you need to continue to take the medicine.
If you have answered "No" to the above questions, go back to Check Your Symptoms and continue to answer the questions to evaluate your symptoms.