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How to treat pitting edema on my ankle?

How to treat pitting edema on my ankle?

1st find out cause: Before treating a condition, figure out it's cause. In case of swelling in feet/ankles, make sure your kidneys, liver & heart are ok. Ask if any medications might be causing your edema. Make sure you don't have a blood clot in your leg. Amlodipine is notorious for this. Assuming there's nothing wrong, keep your feet propped up. Avoid prolonged standing. Wear support hose. Consider a water pill. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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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How to treat pitting edema and burning feet?

How to treat pitting edema and burning feet?

Why you have edema?: In the young and healthy, feet swelling could mean a blood clot, but usually on one side. Some medications can cause leg swelling. Heart failure, protein manutrition, advanced liver and kidney diseases can do that as well, as does pregnancy etc... Trauma, excessive heat, prolonged standing can cause some swelling too. Swelling itself can cause burning sensation. Get evaluated/treated. Good luck. ...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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Is pitting edema serious?

Is pitting edema serious?

Yes: Putting edema is due to significant fluid retention and it is one of the common sign of congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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How can you reduce pitting edema?

How can you reduce pitting edema?

Tx Cause: Depends on ethiology. If morbidly obese need to undo morbid obesity. If secondary to congestive heart failure, treat correct failure. If due to venous drainage inssuficiency in leg, anti embolic stockings. Leg elevation higher than right atrium for several hours will diminish leg swelling. Need venous reflux study. If valve on common femoral vein incompetent, axillary valve vein autotransplant ...Read more

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Can pitting edema be not serious?

Can pitting edema be not serious?

Sure.: Swollen ankles after use of calcium channel blockers is anticipated and inconsequential. Another example of benign pitting edema: swollen feet after standing in excessively hot weather. ...Read more

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What is the scale of a pitting edema?

What is the scale of a pitting edema?

See below: Here are 2 scales below: 1+ barely detectable impression when finger is pressed into skin. 2+ slight indentation. 15 seconds to rebound 3+ deeper indentation.
30 seconds to rebound.
4+ >30 seconds to rebound.

1+ 2mm depression, barely detectable.
Immediate rebound.
2+ 4mm deep pit.
A few seconds to rebound.
3+ 6mm deep pit.
10-12 seconds to rebound.
4+ 8mm: very deep >20sec. ...Read more

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What does it mean when pitting edema worsens throughout the day?

What does it mean when pitting edema worsens throughout the day?

Swelling : It means that you have increased swelling in your legs throughout the day. This can happen if you stand on your feet for long hours. Gravity pulls fluid down. Simply taking a break and sitting with your legs elevated can help issues. However, sometimes it can be caused by several other medical conditions so if you have more concerns I would recommend you follow up with a consult. ...Read more

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Is massage contraindicated in mild pitting edema? (takes 5seconds to rebound)

Is massage contraindicated in mild pitting edema? (takes 5seconds to rebound)

Different Issues but: No evidence massage promotes health; though may be distracting from other issues. Pitting edema is a result of excess body water due to: CHF, liver or kidney failure/insufficiency, DVT or (rarely) water intoxication due to extremely high intake volumes (eg. >20-30 Liters/day). Obtain assistance worthy of your trust & clear the reasons for the pitting edema else worse outcomes are likely soon. ...Read more

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How come I have pitting edema in my hand?

How come I have pitting edema in my hand?

Can also be: It can also be a condition called rs3pe or remitting seronegative symmetric synovitis with pitting edema. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Is dependent edema same as pitting edema? Any significance difference?

Is dependent edema same as pitting edema? Any significance difference?

Edema: Dependent edema is edema that's distributing according to forces of gravity. If you are standing dependent edema will be in your legs, however if you are in the bed it can be in the sacrum and back. On the other hand pitting edema is the one where if you press on it with your finger you will leave a mark. However, this is all semantics and both dependent and pitting edema are signs of volume overlo. ...Read more

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How to cure pitting edema of the ankle?

How to cure pitting edema of the ankle?

Why do you have it?: Is it unilateral or bilateral. Is it something that worsens during the day. Do you have a heart or kidney ailment. I need more info to help you. Can be bad veins and many other things. ...Read more

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What can cause pitting edema in only one leg?

What can cause pitting edema in only one leg?

A lot of diseases.. : Generally, we think of systemic diseases (heart failure, cirrhoss) causing bilateral edema. Those are less likely if it is confined to one leg. Conditions that cause it:
— Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot)
— Chronic Venous insufficiency
lymphedema (from surgery or trauma)- edema more often nonpitting

There are many more, which is why you must see your doctor and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What causes my leg to swell up overnight like pitting edema?

What causes my leg to swell up overnight like pitting edema?

Pitting edema: It can come from many causes, including heart faikure, liver disease, kidney disease, excessive salt intake and fluid retension. It can also come from lacal condition involving just the affected extremitiy, like varicose veins and thrombophlebitis.
You should see your doctor and have him check you. ...Read more

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Is pitting edema caused by hypothyroidism?

Is pitting edema caused by hypothyroidism?

Possible: There are man causes of pitting edema. Most associated with capillary leakage of some sort in the extremities. This is often associated with cardiac dysfunction. However, there are many causes. Hypothyroidism in severe form is one of these causes. However, for specific information consult your doctor for more details. ...Read more

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If a foot is squeezed, and pitting edema is demonstrated, it is probably due to what?

If a foot is squeezed, and pitting edema is demonstrated, it is probably due to what?

More common: Reasons include;
1) venous insufficiency
2) hypertension / cardiac related
3) kidney disease
4) side effects of medication
5) secondary to trauma/injury/surgery. ...Read more

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Tingly hands/feet + pitting edema. Is this serious?

Tingly hands/feet + pitting edema. Is this serious?

Correct edema: Key would be to correct the cause of the fluid retention and resultant pitting edema that is most likely causing secondary inflammation or mild compression of sensory nerves. ...Read more

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Does CHF cause unilateral pitting edema?

Does CHF cause unilateral pitting edema?

Unilateral edema: CHF is systemic meaning symmetrical but if one limb has outflow obstruction it could be more edematous than the other. ...Read more

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What is pitting edema and what causes it. Is a bad heart?

What is pitting edema and what causes it. Is a bad heart?

Can be cause by an : Increase in intravascular pressure like congestive heart failure, decrease oncotic intravascular pressure like liver disease(cirrhosis), kidney disease(nephrotic syndrome, renal failure), simple vascular venous insufficiency, venous clot, allergic reaction, pregnancy, drug induced like ibuprofen(mild). See your physician for a good history and physical exam. ...Read more

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Can non-pitting edema be seen on MRI and is it distinguishable from pitting edema on the image?

Can non-pitting edema be seen on MRI and is it distinguishable from pitting edema on the image?

Clinical : Pitting vs non pitting edema is a physical exam finding. An MRI can show edema (fluid) in the soft tissues but can't tell if it's pitting. ...Read more

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What is the most effective OTC diuretic/h20 pill to eliminate retained fliud caused by pitting edema?

Restrict salt: Edema can result from hypertension and heart failure; if your BP is 125/80 or less, and you have no heart problem or leg vein problem, then go to the following article on otc diuretics: http://progressivehealth. Hubpages. Com/hub/otc-diuretics-and-edema

Also, restrict your salt intake to avoid edema. ...Read more

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All organs tested normal, still have pitting edema. In what places can fluid hide where farxiga and bumex won't help. It's been 3 yrs no one knows why.

All organs tested normal, still have pitting edema. In what places can fluid hide where farxiga and bumex won't help. It's been 3 yrs no one knows why.

Legs and abdomen: Many individuals have "dependent edema", wherein fluid collects in "dependent" or gravity sensitive places in the body. In these instances venous return to the heart may be permanently impaired and hence fluid collection can occur. Most commonly found in the legs, in nursing home patients it may collect in the hips or even an arm. ...Read more

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Can obesity cause bilateral pitting edema? And how to get rid of it?

Can obesity cause bilateral pitting edema? And how to get rid of it?

Obesity-->edema.: Because of the increase in intra-abdominal pressure due to obesity, venous return of blood from the legs to the heart is impaired, leading to fluid accumulation in the legs. Granted other things could cause this edema, but obesity is one possible cause. Losing weight will obviously help. ...Read more

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Why when recovering from bulimia to you get pitting edema as soon as you start a heathy caloric intake?

Why when recovering from bulimia to you get pitting edema as soon as you start a heathy caloric intake?

Fluid Shifts: When someone is deprived of proper nutrition for a period, they have changes in blood salts and proteins. Salts and protein albumen are the molecules that control movement of water in and out of the cells and blood vessels. When the person starts to eat normally again it increase salts and protein causeing shifts of water from blood to tissue. Aka refeeding syndrome needs close monitoring. ...Read more

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