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Does restrictive stockings work to treat edema?

Does restrictive stockings work to treat edema?

Yes: These are commonly very effective for reducing edema. It is a simple treatment but very effective, sometimes more so than the medications. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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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Will restricted clothing work to treat lymphedema?

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Will restricted clothing work to treat lymphedema?

How restrictive?: If by restrictive clothing you mean compression sleeves and stockings, yes. If you just mean a tight pair of pants or a tight shirt, no. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pulmonary edema to worsen to heart failure?

How long does it take for pulmonary edema to worsen to heart failure?

Depends...: Pulmonary edema can be caused by heart failure so heart failure is already present when the pulmonary edema is diagnosed. If the pulmonary edema is from some other etiology besides heart failure, the onset of right-sided heart failure depends on how high the pulmonary vascular pressures are and the reason for the pulmonary edema. ...Read more

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Can compression bandaids/stockings work to combat swelling?

Can compression bandaids/stockings work to combat swelling?

Compression: Yes, they work but trying to figure this out by yourself may be difficult. There are dozens of companies that make stockings and the quality and reliability of the products vary greatly. Also, putting on too much (strong or tight) compression can result in great harm if your arteries are not normal. See a clinician that can direct you. ...Read more

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What work best to treat pulmonary edema if the person has renal failure?

What work best to treat pulmonary edema if the person has renal failure?

Pulmonary edema: Get the water out of the lungs either using diuretics if there is enough renal function left to allow this to happen or remove the water acutely using hemofiltration. If this is due to renal and heart failure, the heart failure also has to be managed aggressively. ...Read more

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How to reduce or eliminate fluid retention for CHF patients?

How to reduce or eliminate fluid retention for CHF patients?

Restrict salt: Salt intake causes fluid retention. Heart failure patients need to monitor the amount of salt in the foods they consume. The salt intake should be no more than 2-4 grams daily, less if someone has severe failure. Fluid intake also needs to be restricted to 1.5 liters per day or less, depending on the doctor's recommendation. ...Read more

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How do impression stockings help people's blood circulation?

How do impression stockings help people's blood circulation?

Cuz they look Goood!: LOL! You meant to say COMpression not IMpression stockings! So, here's the scoop. Compression stockings help mainly by SQUEEZING lymphatic fluid from the subcutaneous tissues BACK into the lymph channels which increases venous volume. This improves heart contractility ultimately pumping out larger volumes of blood for oxygenation to the lungs, back to heart, out to the body..REPEAT..BREATHE! ...Read more

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Varicose veins with a ulcer how long does the leg take to heal to normal with compression bandages ?

Varicose veins with a ulcer how long does the leg take to heal to normal with compression bandages  ?

Depends: Compression alone may heal many venous ulcers but there is a high rat of reoccurrence because the underlying problem with the venous system is not treated. It is like putting a splint on a broken arm. See a venous specialist who can treat the underlying cause of the ulcer. ...Read more

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Do compression stockings/bandaids really help for moderate to heavy swelling?

Do compression stockings/bandaids really help for moderate to heavy swelling?

Compression stocking: compression stockings will help to prevent swelling, if they're placed on the legs prior to the legs being dependent.Appropriate pressure and sizing are important I am unclear as to Band-Aids helping ...Read more

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Will compression hose work to cure spider veins?

Will  compression hose work to cure spider veins?

Nope....sorry : While compression hose may give one relief of venous insufficiency, including varicose veins and spider veins, they won't cure them. Spider veins can be successfully treated with sclerotherapy, laser, veinwave, etc. But you should realize thay it is very possible that you may develop more spider veins in the future and might need further treatment down the road. ...Read more

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Does borderline pulmonary hypertension always progress to pulmonary hypertension or can it stay the same or reverse itself?

Does borderline pulmonary hypertension always progress to pulmonary hypertension or can it stay the same or reverse itself?

There are a number: of potentially reversible cause of pulmonary hypertension. Obesity is one of the most common and obviously can be reversed with weight loss. Discuss this with your health care provider who has your whole health history and is best able to advise you in this regard. ...Read more

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What works most effectively for a diabetic to do to improve foot circulation?

What works most effectively for a diabetic to do to improve foot circulation?

Walking program!: This is one of those use-it-or-lose-it times! the more you stay active, the better. Now, by active i don't mean running marathons or playing contact sports--i want you to park farther back in the supermarket parking lot, i want you to walk around the block three times a week, i want you to spend some time out of a recliner during the day. Little things keep the blood pumping! ...Read more

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Will losing weight improve respiratory function enough to extend the time until mechanical vent is needed? Restrictive airway 2 to CMT 1A nerve damage

Will losing weight improve respiratory function enough to extend the time until mechanical vent is needed? Restrictive airway 2 to CMT 1A nerve damage

Don't know if enuf: But you put less of a burden on the lungs to supply oxygen to rest of body when there is less mass there. So go for it! ...Read more

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How do you treat pulmonary edema in a patient with pneumonia?

How do you treat pulmonary edema in a patient with pneumonia?

Gently.: It's a careful balance between taking the fluid out of the lungs with something like Lasix (furosemide) and not taking too much out as to cause dehydration or kidney problems. The pneumonia itself is likely contributing to the pulmonary so proper antibiotics are key, as well as using something like an incentive spirometer. ...Read more

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Is morphine ever used to help with pulmonary edema?

Is morphine ever used to help with pulmonary edema?

Yes: In the past, morphine used to be one of the mainstays of treating pulmonary edema. Beside dilating the vessels, it also takes away the feeling of breathlessness and makes the patient feel better in more than one way. ...Read more

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Do doc use medicine to treat pt in physical medicine n rehabilitation? Or only machine n exercise help pt?

Do doc use medicine to treat pt in physical medicine n rehabilitation? Or only machine n exercise help pt?

All options : Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians use all the options available to treat function problems. This may include prescribing medications, physical or occupational therapy, speech or language therapy, injections, etc. It all depends on the problem being treated. ...Read more

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How should I treat cardiomegaly with water retention, pitting edema, and dyspnea?

How should I treat cardiomegaly with water retention, pitting edema, and dyspnea?

Diuresis/peeing: This question describes the symptoms of heart failure and should be evaluated by a physician/nurse practitioner - esp if this is a new problem. However, the usual treatment will be managing fluid intake (mostly by managing salt consumption) and through increasing diuresis/peeing through medications. ...Read more

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How do I choose between knee or thigh high supportive stockings for varicose veins?

How do I choose between knee or thigh high supportive stockings for varicose veins?

Comfort: There is no good study to support any one type of compression hose. Leg swelling is primarily below the knee, and effective control is usually with 20-30 mm hg, below knee. Some use thigh length for post-op care, long travel. 30-40 mm hg is used in ulcer care. Compliance can be a problem, especially in hot areas, in the elderly and those who have limited strength to place stockings. ...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