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Why edema of nephrotic mainly in the face while for heart failure found in the lower limp ?

Why edema of nephrotic mainly in the face while for heart failure found in the lower limp ?

Gravity and osmosis: Distribution of excess fluid in nephrotic syndrome is throughout the body due to loss of blood proteins that hold water in the vascular system. Osmosis then drags water to areas of higher concentration. It may show more in the face because one can notice that most easily, but is generally throughout the body. This is known as anasarca. In chf, the osmotic effect is not present, so gravity wins. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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Could blood pooling happen solely in the bottom of the feet and not the rest of the legs? Both my feet ache and are red on the soles when standing.

Could blood pooling happen solely in the bottom of the feet and not the rest of the legs? Both my feet ache and are red on the soles when standing.

Blood pooling: It is not likely that you are getting pooling of the blood only at the bottom of the feet. Most people note blood pooling, or Venous Insufficiency first in the lower legs and ankles, and, usually not at your age (usually beginning in the late 30's to late 40's). You may be having increased blood flow from a high activity level which has increased your capillary return, thus making them red ...Read more

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Can high blood pressure and low iron cause swelling on the hands and feet with a rash on the hands ?

Can high blood pressure and low iron cause swelling on the hands and feet with a rash on the hands ?

I don't think so ...: Usually, swelling of the hands & feet is caused by benign fluid retention: idiopathic edema. If it were accompanied by breathlessness one would have to suspect your heart, but high blood pressure by itself shouldn't cause this. Fatigue, pale skin & weakness are the most common symptoms of iron deficiency. I think you have issues that are unrelated. But a good review of all by your doc is needed:) ...Read more

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What is associated with swelling in the legs and ankles?

What is associated with swelling in the legs and ankles?

Swelling: Most commonly vein dysfunction but it can also be cardiac, pulmonary or kidney issues. ...Read more

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How to prevent dependent edema of ankles and feet?

How to prevent dependent edema of ankles and feet?

Use your muscles: The contraction of calf muscles helps to push the blood back up to the heart. So doing calf raises, going for a walk are helpful. Compression socks (like jobst) are also very useful in preventing swelling especially if you have a job where you are standing still for many hours. ...Read more

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Swelling of the feet and hands mean heart failure, right?

Swelling of the feet and hands mean heart failure, right?

Not necessarily.: There are numerouis reasons for swelling of the extremities, heart failure is one of them. ...Read more

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Pedal edema with pruritus resulting in vesicles on foot?

Pedal edema with pruritus resulting in vesicles on foot?

Dermatology : Sounds like you need to see a doctor to rule out infection, vascular insufficiency or fungal infection. A doctor can help diagnose and treat you accordingly. ...Read more

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Exizima on heels and on palms is due to what deficiency in the body ?

Exizima on heels and on palms is due to what deficiency in the body ?

Can be related: Vitamin and mineral deficiency can play a role in eczema. Deficencies of vitamins a, c, e, b have been found to be related. Some people also become deficient in trace minerals. This being said see a doctor would can test you for these types of problems. But vitamins are not the only cause . Good luck! ...Read more

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What causes edema in feet, ankles and the front of lower leg?

What causes edema in feet, ankles and the front of lower leg?

Get checked: Swelling and pain in such a diffuse area of the lower extremity can be caused by multitude of things such as diet, blood pressure, kidney function, circulation, nerves, injury, previous surgery...Basically many things. You need to see your primary doctor and jot down more info about when do you notice the swelling, does it every go down, when does it hurt, what is your diet, etc. Get checked. ...Read more

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I have chronic serositis and hip lymphedema. The fluid collects on different sides depending on gravity and sitting position. What causes this?

I have chronic serositis and hip lymphedema. The fluid collects on different sides depending on gravity and sitting position. What causes this?

You said it well.: Because of the "pull" of gravity, fluid that is "free" in the tissues will move toward the "dependent" portion of the body. In other words, whichever portion of the body is "down" for a period of time, the fluid will go there because of gravity. ...Read more

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Can flat feet cause pain in the tops of your feet all the time even when resting and pain in knees?

Can flat feet cause pain in the tops of your feet all the time even when resting and pain in knees?

Yes: Absolutely. Having flat feet can alter the way you stand and walk and cause pain in the tops of the feet and into the knees and even the back. Some cases do respond to the use of an orthotic. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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With swelling in the feet and ankles with diabetic neuropathy, what can take the swelling down or alleviate it?

With swelling in the feet and ankles with diabetic neuropathy, what can take the swelling down or alleviate it?

See your doc: See your provider to evaluate any new swelling. Compression stockings can be very effective in reducing swelling, but you will want to be evaluated first to make sure it is not a heart problem that is causing the swelling. ...Read more

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What are the typical problem in Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS), esp. effects on the heart and lungs?

What are the typical problem in Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS), esp. effects on the heart and lungs?

Blood clots: Blood clots in vessels leading to myocardial infarction (heart attacks) and pulmonary emboli. These are potentially fatal events. ...Read more

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What can cause pooling of blood in are feet (pedal edema)?

What can cause pooling of blood in are feet (pedal edema)?

Many causes...: it can be medications, venous disease, diet, pregnancy, over activities, humidity, heart issues or gravity. many other questions need to be asked and an evaluation needs to be done in order to get an appropriate answer. It may not be a foot condition at all. ...Read more

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Are big pathes of hyperpigmentation on the skin common in lupus?

Are big pathes of hyperpigmentation on the skin common in lupus?

It can happen.: In individuals with lupus and skin involvement, the pattern of inflammation seen microscopically is an interface pattern. Inflammatory cells in this pattern involve the junction of the epidermis and dermis. Melanocytes are located in this area, and the pigmentation of epidermal cells is disrupted. In some individuals, this results in hyperpigmentation; in others, there can be hypopigmentation. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more