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swelling

 [swel´ing]
1. transient abnormal enlargement of a body part or area not due to cell proliferation; see also edema. Called also tumefaction, tumescence, and turgescence.
cloudy swelling a term formerly used for an early stage of toxic degeneration of protein constituents of organs in infectious diseases, when the tissues appear swollen and opaque but revert to normal when the cause is removed.

swell·ing

(swel'ing),
1. An enlargement (for example, a protuberance or tumor).
See also: edema.
2. In embryology, a primordial elevation that develops into a fold, ridge, or prominence.
See also: edema.
3. Loosely used to describe the gross anatomic result of the inflammatory process, as in the swelling of glands or fractured extremities.
See also: edema.

swelling

(swĕl′ĭng)
n.
1. The state of being swollen.
2. Something swollen, especially an abnormally swollen body part or area.

swell·ing

(swel'ing)
1. An enlargement, e.g., a protuberance or tumor.
2. embryology A primordial elevation that develops into a fold, ridge, prominence, or process.

swell·ing

(swel'ing)
Loosely used to describe the gross anatomic result of the inflammatory process.

Patient discussion about swelling

Q. How can we avoid swelling in the legs?

A. it really depends what the cause is- there are 219 different causes, not all of them have the same treatment..you will have to be more specific.
here is a site that helps me a lot, maybe you'll find it useful :)
http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/leg_swelling.htm

Q. What Causes ankle Swelling? My son woke up this morning with a red, swollen ankle. What could cause this situation?

A. A swollen and red ankle suggest either a traumatic injury to the joint or an infection in the joint, adjacent tissues or bones. This is an emergency and it is important to consult a doctor as soon as possible, especially if the joint loses its ability to perform movements in all directions.

Q. can flights cause swelling of the legs? is it normal? is it dangerous? i took a flight from London to N.Y.C a week ago and my ankles looked like two red blimps afterwards and it was painful walking on them later.

A. i think that you got acquainted with my old friend-"Economy class syndrome".. i got it while flying to Australia. this is not normal- this is what happens when a clot of blood forms in your veins (usually legs) and stops blood flow back to the heart. if you already have problems with blood coagulation - your Dr. should have told you to be careful while flying. if not- you got an early call and should check it out. CNN did a story on that, i found you a link:
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/ecsyndrome/index.html

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Equilibrium swelling was achieved by allowing the hydrogels to absorb water for overnight.
Another student, Al Mazrouei, explained: "The device is connected to the application installed on the doctor's phone, to monitor the patient's condition and intervene in a timely manner, as the device sends periodic reports of temperature and humidity in the wound, in addition to measuring the extent of swelling of the body."
Another traditional medicine to treat this problem is arnica which has great effects on decreasing swelling, pain and inflammation, helping to get rid of bursitis and also increasing blood circulation.
Neck swellings are frequently encountered in the clinical practice and the cause is usually benign.
As the swelling rock swells absorbing water, the direction of swelling deformation is contrary to the deformation of rock under stress; therefore, the axial swelling strain of red mudstone is set as negative in the process of axial deformation in the paper:
Samples were obtained mainly from the area of Campo Alegre, because this zone is perhaps the most affected in the city as a consequence of landslides and swelling behavior of clays.
The dependence of swelling capacity of NaCMC-g-PAA on acrylic acid concentration is illustrated in Figure 6.
However, due to the large amount of water that exists in the polymer network after the polymerization reaction, the formed pores could swell again during the drying process, causing the pore structures to shrink and collapse and decreasing the swelling rate.
The sides of the neck/throat area is perhaps most commonly where people notice their glands swelling, but it's also common to spot swollen lymph glands in the armpits and groin.