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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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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Is any amount of edema normal in a non-pregnant person (trace to obvious)?

Is any amount of edema normal in a non-pregnant person (trace to obvious)?

It depends...: Hello there, There are some instances in which just by an increased amount of sodium in diet you can retain fluid and it shows as edema. However if there is any other medical problems associated (i.e. Hypertension). You may want to see your provider for further evaluation and advice. Take care. ...Read more

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I have at least 1+ blood in my urine for years. I developed proteinuria. Last test trace today it was 1+ no leuks or wbcs i also have mild priorbital edema with mild flank/back pain. -stones ideas?

I have at least 1+ blood in my urine for years. I developed proteinuria. Last test trace today it was 1+ no leuks or wbcs  i also have mild priorbital edema with mild flank/back pain. -stones ideas?

A kidney biopsy: People with persistent hematuria require a kidney biopsy to reveal the underlying cause. Only with tissue can we offer you a definitive diagnosis. Your new proteinuria and periorbital edema is concerning for actual kidney damage and loss of enough proteinin your blood vessels causing edema. This is never normal but it is potentially treatable. Please schedule a visit with a nephrologist. ...Read more

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What is edema?

What is edema?

Swelling: Various causes such as injury, infection, inflammatory condtions, venous insufficiency and lymphedema are common causes. ...Read more

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What is tensed edema?

Ck out cause: With your pcp! varicose veins? Too much salt , legs in one position long periods of time(air flight long durations). ...Read more

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How is edema measured?

Edema: The only accurate way to measuse edema is by using a tape measure. Swelling in the legs can be measured in this way however, facial swelling could not. Daily body weight is often used as a crude way to monitor edema that cannot be measured accurately. ...Read more

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How can I manage edema?

How can I manage edema?

Find the reason: Edema or swelling must have a cause. Understanding that cause and treating it will reduce the edema. Of importance is: where is the swelling, are there any food or medicinal allergies, bug bites, trauma etc? An md consult is warranted to diagnose the reason. If it is minor, so will the treatment be. If it is major and an important anatomic area, a short course of cortico-steroids may be used. Md! ...Read more

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What is soft tissue edema?

What is soft tissue edema?

Anything other than: Anything other than bone is considered to be soft tissue. Usually one sees soft tissue edema or water swelling in the lower extremities especially when you press a finger into the skin, you leave an indent that goes away in a few minutes. ...Read more

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How Long Does Edema Last ?

How Long Does Edema Last ?

That depends: That varies depending on cause and location. Edema from chronic (long-term) issues such as obesity, heart problems, liver or kidney problems will stay unless the underlying problem is improved. Edema from an injury will gradually improve with healing. From an allergic reaction will improve after treatment or time. New facial, tongue or one-sided leg edema are concerning and warrant treatment. ...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