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What causes leg edema?

What causes leg edema?

Fluid retention: There are many causes of this fluid retention some very serious such as kidney failure, heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver and portal vein blockage in the liver. Less serious causes include varicose veins, and excessive salt in the diet. Infrequent causes can be blockage of the veins in the abdomen. Single leg edema can indicate a dangerous clot in the leg. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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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Can there be a special exercise for leg edema?

Can there be a special exercise for leg edema?

Keep legs moving!: Keeping your legs moving helps edema by improving vascular return in the veins by your muscle contraction. Walking, running, cycling will all help. ...Read more

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Who knows how to wrap a leg to reduce leg edema?

Who knows how to wrap a leg to reduce leg edema?

Leg edema: There are a number of sites on the web about treatment for leg edema, including http://www.Lymphnet.Org/ good luck. ...Read more

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How do u eliminate leg edema, once u get it do u always have it?

How do u eliminate leg edema, once u get it do u always have it?

Edema: Elimination of leg edema depends completely on the primary cause of the edema. Once the true cause is determined by your physician then proper treatment can be instituted, and hopefully the edema will clear. ...Read more

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How can lower leg edema be treated?

How can lower leg edema be treated?

Swelling: Or edema, has several very different causes and because of that- different treatments. Water retention due to cardiac issues needs to be treated medically, vein problems can be addressed by compression hose and elevation, lymphatic swelling needs compression via stockings and lympedema pumps. ...Read more

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How long will leg edema caused by sunburn last?

How long will leg edema caused by sunburn last?

It can last 3-4 wks: elevate your legs, try cool compresses and cool baths and aspirin if no contraindication. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bad leg edema and elephantiasis?

What is the difference between bad leg edema and elephantiasis?

Similar: Bad leg swelling is otherwise called elephantiasis. People may have swelling of legs due to fluid overload, in diseases like heart failure, kidney failure, low Albumin etc in tropical countries, people can get elephantiasis due to filariasis. ...Read more

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Why leg edema after hysterectomy ?(age 81 ) how to treat it?

Why leg  edema    after  hysterectomy  ?(age 81 )  how to treat it?

Lymphedema: Sounds like a disruption of the lymph tracts that "drain" excess fluid in the tissues. Any surgery can cause this, including a hysterectomy. ...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