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Doctor insights on: One Swollen Leg And Ankle

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Can one swollen leg mean cancer?

Can one swollen leg mean cancer?

Yes but: Other things are more common than a compressive tumor or cancer leading to a blood clot, especially at 48. Get it checked.

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Swelling In One Leg (Definition)

"Swelling in one leg" is a situation wherein one leg is swollen and ...Read more


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What is having one chronically swollen leg called?

What is having one chronically swollen leg called?

Venous insufficiency: If it is the consequence of a prior venous thrombosis it is called a post-phlebitic leg.

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What could cause a swollen leg and ankle?

What could cause a swollen leg and ankle?

Thrombosis: An abrupt swelling of the leg can be very serious and represent a blood clot in the veins of the leg. This needs to be evaluated immediately. Other causes are usually chronic related to venous insufficiency or chronic congestive heart failure.

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What are common causes of a swollen leg and ankle?

What are common causes of a swollen leg and ankle?

Swelling: There are so many causes I could fill the page. I will list a few and others will ad to the list. High blood pressure, injury, tendonitis, ligament tear, alcohol, diabetes, circulatory issues, arthritis, allergic reaction, blood clots etc...

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Hubby came home from work with a swollen leg from his ankle, to his knee, warm to the touch, and discolored. Ideas? He has no bug bites. Is overweight

Hubby came home from work with a swollen leg from his ankle, to his knee, warm to the touch, and discolored. Ideas? He has no bug bites. Is overweight

See doctor: Have it evaluated right away, assuming no trauma, he is either suffering from a clot to the leg or an infection called cellulitis. Either way he needs prompt attention.

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How can I help my swollen leg?

How can I help my swollen leg?

Find the cause.: There are many reasons for a swollen leg, some of them serious. This is not the forum to discuss them all. You need to see a doctor.

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Why is my injured swollen leg warmer than the other?

Make sure that: It is not thrombophlebitis, which can lead to pulmonary embolism. You should show it to a doctor so serious conditions are excluded.

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What could be causing a very swollen leg (without pain, or any rash)?

What could be causing a very swollen leg (without pain, or any rash)?

DVT: Any patient with leg swelling isolated to one side should be considered to have a deep vein thrombosis until proven otherwise. A simple ultrasound test to look at the veins in the legs can make the diagnosis. Other possible etiologies for unilateral leg swelling include things like lymphedema. Please get this checked out.

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How is a swollen leg treated?

How is a swollen leg treated?

Check it out: A swollen leg may be anything from trauma and infection to blood clots, heart failure, lymphedema etc. Just check it out.

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What should you do for a swollen leg?

What should you do for a swollen leg?

See your PCP: It should be evaluated and diagnosed since there are some serious conditions which can cause this. In the meantime elevate the leg and apply warm wet compresses if it is painful. Don't postpone evaluation! This is an important sign.

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Any advice on how best to heal a swollen leg?

Any advice on how best to heal a swollen leg?

Get a diagnosis: First of all, you need to find out why it is swollen. Once you have a reason, the best way to heal the swelling is to treat the cause.

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Why does a swollen leg sometimes feel warm?

Swollen leg: This is due to increase volume in the leg either blood or lymph fluid

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Why does my swollen leg feel warm to the touch?

Why does my swollen leg feel warm to the touch?

Two possibilities.: Cellulitis is a deep skin infection which is very serious and needs to be addressed right away. It causes swelling warmth and pain and can cause sepsis. It is treated with antibiotics. The other cause is thrombophlebitis which is a clot in the deep veins of the leg. This is a medical emergency and needs prompts diagnosis and treatment. Both conditions can look identical. Get more tests!

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How much is best to walk when you have a very swollen leg?

How much is best to walk when you have a very swollen leg?

Swollen leg: Firstly, it is important to determine the source of the swollen leg. If this is result of an infection then leg elevation would be important. If this is a more chronic condition then use of a compression stocking would be very helpful and then there would be no reason not to be walking.

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Can a swollen leg get so swollen it starts to split the skin?

Can a swollen leg get so swollen it starts to split the skin?

Yes: This is common with venous insufficiency in which patients develop venous stasis ulcerations or "holes in the skin". The problem is the valves in the veins aren't functioning properly and blood that should return to the heart stays in the lower extremity. The build up of fluid causes the skin to breakdown and open up.

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If a swollen leg gets too swollen, can it start to split the skin?

If a swollen leg gets too swollen, can it start to split the skin?

Blisters: Extreme swelling of the leg will usually cause "water blisters" to form, rather than actually split the skin. These amy go on to form sores or ulcerations and are difficult to heal.