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Pain in leg vains and swelling painfull to the touch?

Pain in leg vains and swelling painfull to the touch?

Phlebitis & others: Pain and inflammation of the leg veins is called phlebitis. When this occurs it can be painful to the touch. The worrisome condition for which you need to get checked is a blood clot (deep venous thrombosis, dvt). This can be checked with a duplex ultrasound of your leg veins to make sure there is flow that is not blocked by a clot in your vein. There are many reasons for swelling so get checked! ...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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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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Legs swelling and brown color on legs?

Legs swelling and brown color on legs?

See your doctor: Leg swelling can be secondary to either heart failure or deep vein insufficiency in your legs. Also kidney or liver disease can sometimes cause leg swellingg. Morbid obesity and some medications can contribute or cause leg swelling. Brown discoloration of legs is caused by long standing leg swelling and is called stasis dermatitis. ...Read more

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Could a blot clot in the leg cause swelling?

Could a blot clot in the leg cause swelling?

DVT: Yes, blood clots in the veins of the lower extremities could commonly cause swelling in the leg. I become very suspicious for blood clots when i see one leg more swollen then the other. Other findings include reddness and pain in the effected leg. ...Read more

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What are some causes of swelling of the legs?

What are some causes of swelling of the legs?

Many things: Varicose veins with chronic venous insufficiency, superficial thrombophlebitis, deep venous thrombosis, lymphedema, knee, hip, and/or ankle arthritis that prevents normal ambulation, obesity, prolonged standing, liver or kidney trouble, hypothyroidism, abnormal protein levels, all kinds of heart conditions that cause heart failure, the list is long and this doesn't cover everything by any means. ...Read more

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So what usually can cause swelling of the legs?

So what usually can cause swelling of the legs?

Many causes: Bilateral leg swelling has many causes spanning benign as well as serious explanations. Venous circulatory problems, salt overload, infection, medication side effects, hormonal effects, heart, liver and kidney disease can all be responsible. ...Read more

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Might drinking too many fluids cause leg swelling?

Might drinking too many fluids cause leg swelling?

Water and gravity: Our bodies need a large amount of water to keep organs functioning. The vessels that carry the fluids are not perfect and they can leak. Also, our tissues have a certain amount of water to stay moist and pliable. Gravity works to pull the fluids down towards the feet even in healthy people. It will worsen as the day progresses. Treatment is compression socks/elevation. Avoid water pills. ...Read more

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Why my legs keep swelling, when I sit or stand....?

Why my legs keep swelling, when I sit or stand....?

High venous pressure: Leg edema reflects high pressure in leg veins. It's important to determine the cause: heart failure, often due to high blood pressure, heart valve disease or heart muscle weakness, or leg vein valve failure due to dilated veins, or leg vein blood clots form the most common causes of leg swelling. Treat by reducing the pressure, elevating legs, blood thinners and use of compression stockings. ...Read more

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Does spondylolisthesis cause swelling in the left leg?

Does spondylolisthesis cause swelling in the left leg?

No: Most likely no. It would have to be a high grade slip to push against the blood vessels to and from your leg. If you have swelling of one foot/ankle, talk to your primary doctor. It can be a sign of a blood clot. ...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