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A 78-year-old female asked:

My mother has severe swelling in her hands and feet. her doctor diagnosed edema but refused to give her water pills. how can i take down the swelling?

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Podiatry 46 years experience
Need to know cause: You need to know what is causing the edema in order to treat it. There are some forms of edema known as lymphedema that is very difficult to get rid of. In the legs, elevation is helpful to decreased the swelling. It is best to trust her physician's judgement in this and if you are not satisfied ask for a referral to a specialist or seek another opinion.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
I would of asked : The doctor what he felt was causing the swelling and what could be done about it. Communication is important in any relationship whether marriage or doctor- patient relationship. Sometimes, doctors (who are human) don't like being told what to do, so at times, it is important to ask in a non confrontational way. (i am not implying you specifically asked in such a manner.).

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Last updated Sep 25, 2014

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