Home / Our Services / Mayo Clinic Health Information

Swelling

Self-care

Self-care options include massage, compression, moving and using the muscles in the affected area, and elevating the swollen area above the heart. Reducing salt intake may help.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Swelling or pain in one limb
  • Rapid weight gain

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Stretched or shiny skin
  • Skin that retains a dimple after being pressed
  • New swelling that doesn't go away

© 1998-2018 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). All rights reserved.
Terms of Use