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Swelling can be localized or affect the whole body, according to WebMD. Causes of localized body swelling include injury, inflammation, burns, infections under the skin or in a joint, and insect bites. Certain medications, allergens, circulation problems and autoimmune diseases may cause generalized


Generalized swelling can be treated by resting the affected area as much as possible and elevating it above the level of the heart during times of relaxation, according to WebMD. It also helps to apply ice to the area, avoid eating to much sodium and remain hydrated with water.


Injury, trauma, certain infections and inflammatory conditions can cause hands to swell, according to Healthgrades. Certain medical conditions and medications, including steroids, can cause hand swelling as well. Pregnancy and premenstrual syndrome may cause fluid retention in parts of the body, lea


According to WebMD, the fastest way to reduce swelling is to elevate the injured area and apply a cold compress. Elevating an area that is swollen requires the area to be above heart level. This is achieved by lying down and elevating the swollen area of the body with pillows.


Common symptoms and signs of a pregnancy include morning or all-day sickness with nausea, exhaustion, sensitivity to scents, frequent urination and enlarged breasts, according to WebMD. Additional symptoms may include an itchy abdomen, constipation, heartburn and changes in balance.


Signs of pregnancy vary depending on the stage of the pregnancy. Symptoms can begin as early as one week after conception, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Beside a missed or late menstrual period, other early symptoms may include swollen or tender breasts, nausea, headaches or lower


Facial swelling can be a symptom of several different diseases, including sinusitis, malnutrition, a tooth abscess and direct injuries to the face, according to the National Library of Medicine. Facial swelling that involves severe pain, difficulty breathing or large amounts of swelling should be ev


Raising the legs above the heart, avoiding tight clothing and exercising the legs may help reduce swelling in the legs, according to MedlinePlus. Following a low-salt diet, wearing support stockings and walking around may also help relieve swelling.


Leg injuries, leg infections, leg surgery, certain medications and blood clots in the leg may cause a leg to swell, according to MedlinePlus. Aging and problems with the heart, liver or kidney may cause legs to swell. The swelling may spread to other areas, including thighs and calves.


Some causes of swelling in the arm include overuse, osteoarthritis and hormone changes, according to WebMD. Most of the causes of swelling in the arm can heal with home treatment without doctor intervention.