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Doctor insights on: Prednisone As A Cause Of Peripheral Edema

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Why does right-sided heart failure causes peripheral edema?

Why does right-sided heart failure causes peripheral edema?

Pressure & gravity: Blood from the legs (and rest of the body as well) returns to the right heart by large veins, goes through the lungs to oxygenate and then into the left heart from where it is pumped to the rest of the body. When the right heart fails there is build up of back pressure on the veins and fluid seeps and accumulates in the dependent areas which is the legs and the gut. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more


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Does having flat feet also cause peripheral edema?

Does having flat feet also cause peripheral edema?

No: It can cause swelling around the ankles as there could be compression on the blood vessels in the tarsal canal. But, any swelling outside of that region would not be related. ...Read more

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Doctor said bilateral peripheral edema is caused by my obesity?Should I get another opinion?recently had umbilical hernia surgery haven't been active.

Doctor said bilateral peripheral edema is caused by my obesity?Should I get another opinion?recently had umbilical hernia surgery haven't been active.

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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What is a peripheral edema in the body?

What is a peripheral edema in the body?

Swelling: Edema is the medical term for swelling. If it is termed peripheral it describes swelling in your extremities, arms, fingers, legs, toes etc. Good luck! ...Read more

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Please tell me what's the treatment for peripheral edema?

Please tell me what's the treatment for peripheral edema?

Swollen feet and ank: Like any other problem the remedies step from knowing the cause of the problem. If the swelling is due to poor veins in the legs, support hose may help. For some people weight loss helps. There are many causes for swollen lower extremities you need to be seen by your dr. To find out why the swelling and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What is peripheral edema?

Swelling: It is swelling of the tissues and is usually a sign of cardiac conditions, venous insufficiency, or can be a side effect of some medications. Additionally, mild edema can also be very benign. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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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


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