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3. Symptom: Swelling

Swelling is an immune response to interlopers in the body and can be triggered by insect bites, injuries, or allergy-causing plants like poison ivy. The latter cause can lead to the development of scaliness or thicker skin in the affected areas. In extreme cases, the swelling spreads to other areas, even swelling the eyes shut. This can last as long as a few weeks.

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