An immune response that causes redness and swelling on or within the body.


Anti-inflammatory medicines that are available without a prescription, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), may help relieve inflammation.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a healthcare professional right away for:

  • Ongoing discomfort with redness or swelling.
  • Trouble doing daily activities.
  • Fever.

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a healthcare professional for:

  • Pain or swelling despite self-care treatment.