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I have no idea what might be causing someone else’s swelling. Flareups can be triggered by mechanical damage and can also cause lasting damage. And some people seem to get harmless swelling easily. But I think it’s a possibility that it’s still inflammation (by which I mean the immune system doing its thing but I may be misusing medical words).
My experience with arthritis has been that swelling at rest is a sign I’m out of the woods yet. Ways to deal with this would include drugs that hamper the immune system such as topical corticosteroids or colchicine. Patience works too but if you have a physical job waiting for you…
And as you have seen on this forum, everyone’s symptoms seem to work a bit differently. And the way they work changes over time. So it’s a bit of a guessing game.