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Have you ever had swelling in a part of your body? You may be curious to learn what causes swelling. Often the phrase “water retention” is used to describe swelling in the body; however, edema is the medical term used to describe a buildup of fluid in the body. Your body can swell for many different reasons from something simple such as standing on your feet too long to more serious things like congestive heart failure. Keep reading to learn ten interesting facts about swelling in your body.

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1. Symptoms

Depending on the location of your swelling, symptoms can vary. Common symptoms are swollen or puffy ankles, legs, feet, face, or hands. Swelling can cause discomfort by restricting the motion of joints making them feel stiff. In the throat, swelling can cause shortness of breath. A bee sting can cause swelling along with redness, burning, and be painful to touch.

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