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How can I treat swelling in my legs?

How can I treat swelling in my legs?

Diagnosis first: It's natural to want a treatment right away. Unfortunately, leg swelling can be caused by at least a dozen different diagnoses involving several body systems. See your doctor for a diagnosis. In the meantime, elevate your legs- gravity helps! ...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


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What are the causes of leg swelling and how to treat it?

What are the causes of leg swelling and how to treat it?

Many things: Trauma such as broken bones, sprains, strains. Problems with veins and lymphatic systems. Systemic disorders such as high blood pressure, and heart failure. Blood clots may cause swelling of one leg. Treatment can include elevation and compressive wraps along with medication. See your primary care physician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Why do I still have some leg pain and swelling even after the clot is treated or gone?

Depends: Sometime it is treated but still partially there, sometimes there is scarring 'battlefield left after the war' and circulation just isnt the same, but it is good to be on the safe side and have doctor check if your not sure if clot is coming back. ...Read more

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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes leg swelling and how to treat it?

Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes leg swelling and how to treat it?

Depends on cause of: The swelling: 1: blood clot, once diagnosed can be treated with clot busters, 2: rupture of a cyst behind the knee, is treated with pain meds, etc. 3: if swelling is due to a bony lesion, its removal can be done; 4: soft tissue swelling, from a tumor, infection, fluid collection(incl. Blood) will need to be removed or drained. Ask your pcp for the specific symptoms that you have, and he'll help. ...Read more

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My son 15 months old found to have bitten by some kind of insect, and he had swelling over the leg and two small marks, what I have to do to treat it?

My son 15 months old found to have bitten by some kind of insect, and he had swelling over the leg and two small  marks, what I have to do to treat it?

Insect bites: Keep the insect bite area clean. Keep him from scratching at the site. You can give him a tepid bath with a little baking soda or aveeno (oatmeal powder) in the bath water. Caladryl clear gel can stop itching, if that's a problem. Call your doctor if redness or swelling is spreading. ...Read more

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58 y male being treated for hf stage 3 post mi 2013. Have all usual symptoms except no leg swelling. Is it poss to have hf but no fluid retention?

58 y male being treated for hf stage 3 post mi 2013. Have all usual symptoms except no leg swelling. Is it poss to have hf but no fluid retention?

Here are some ...: Known to most, every life event including illness is always a process of lifelong making and, as well, displays itself as a process of full spectrum; so, does hf and yours is expected as you have been experiencing. Besides, it would be helpful to realize life is a process of constant struggle to cope with reality, certainty, & uncertainty of daily living for survival, growth, and continuation. ...Read more

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Low hemoglobin and my feet/legs are swelling. How do I treat this?

Not an issue for: Self diagnosis and treatment. You need to be evaluated to determine the cause of anemia and swelling of the legs. The issue is not a proper one for self diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My doctor told me to start wearing thigh high compression hose to treat leg swelling. They are very hot and pull at my leg hair any ways to fix this ?

My doctor told me to start wearing thigh high compression hose to treat leg swelling. They are very hot and pull at my leg hair any ways to fix this ?

Treat the cause: At 33 you should not have signifiant leg swelling unless you have serious medical problem. The most common one at your age would be obesity. If that is the case, lose weight and exorcise. If it is something else like CHF or kidney failure, those need to be managed medically. Compression stockings treat the symptom, not the cause. ...Read more

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I've had DVT in the past (18 months ago, treated, off thinners for about 9 months.) i'm experiencing some swelling in the leg and an intermittent tingling sensation upper thigh -- should I go to er?

I've had DVT in the past (18 months ago, treated, off thinners for about 9 months.) i'm experiencing some swelling in the leg and an intermittent tingling sensation upper thigh -- should I go to er?

Needs Evaluation: The blood clots from DVT are rarely completely dissolved after treatment and recurrences are not uncommon. Damage to the valves in the leg veins may also predispose to leg swelling. At any rate, if your are experiencing leg swelling you should be evaluated. Mild symptoms don't usually require a trip to the er. Call your primary care doc. ...Read more

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