When a body part becomes larger due to a buildup of fluid in tissues or inflammation.


A health care professional might recommend these tips:

  • Wear compression garments.
  • Eat less sodium.
  • Move muscles in affected body parts.
  • Massage the swollen area.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a health care professional right away if swelling happens along with:

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Irregular heartbeat.
  • Chest pain.
  • Lasting leg pain after sitting for a long time.

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a health care professional for:

  • Swelling after an injury.
  • Stretched or shiny skin.
  • Skin that holds a dimple after being pressed.
  • An increase in the size of the stomach area.
  • A feeling of heaviness in the leg.