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Health Tip: What May Cause Swelling

A buildup of fluid in tissue

(HealthDay News) -- Swelling occurs when fluid builds up in the body's tissues.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers this list of common causes of swelling:

  • Sunburns and other burns.
  • Health conditions such as heart failure, liver failure or chronic kidney disease.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Thyroid disease.
  • Too much salt (sodium).
  • A side effect of certain drugs, including some steroids, blood pressure medicines, painkillers or estrogen.
  • Poor nutrition.
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