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Doctor insights on: Unilateral Leg Edema

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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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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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?

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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Postdvt leg much thinner & painful than other leg (which gets edema). Why thinner? Thank you.

Postdvt leg much thinner & painful than other leg (which gets edema). Why thinner? Thank you.

Confused as you are.: So the leg with the clot in it is smaller than the other leg which does not have a clot? Or did you have a procedure for this clot, like a clot extraction? Are you currently on a blood thinner? ...Read more

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Treatment of edema in the leg?

Treatment of edema in the leg?

Elevation.: Edema provided both legs elevation low sodium diet. Walking helpful, standing still worsens. If only one leg could be blood clot need medical evaluation. If no improvement if both legs need to see physician. ...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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Why are my legs turning red when I have edema?

Why are my legs turning red when I have edema?

Engorgement. : This is related to microvascular engorgement. The small blood vessels of the skin get overfilled with blood. Some blood oozes out - not the cells, but the fluid - which causes the edema. ...Read more

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What causes cirrhotic patients to develop edema in their legs?

What causes cirrhotic patients to develop edema in their legs?

Gravity: Fluid can leak at a faster rate when pumped at a higher pressure. The cirrhotic liver's blood vessels are destroyed as is the liver itself. Blood through the liver is severely limited. Partial blocked water hose outlet & the water leaves at a higher pressure. All the water in the hose is now at a higher pressure. Blood flow before the liver is at a higher pressure, fluid leaks out more & falls. ...Read more

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What are treatments for leg edema and ulcers?

What are treatments for leg edema and ulcers?

Leg edema and ulcers: 1. Find the cause. 2. Almost always caused by eating too much salt or more that your body can get rid of. recommend you get this book, read it and use it. DASH Diet for Hypertension ISBN 9780743410076 Get only this book. ...Read more

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What can cause pitting edema in only one leg?

What can cause pitting edema in only one leg?

A lot of diseases.. : generally, we think of systemic diseases (heart failure, cirrhoss) causing bilateral edema. those are less likely if it is confined to one leg. conditions that cause it: - Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot) - Chronic Venous insufficiency - lymphedema (from surgery or trauma)- edema more often nonpitting there are many more, which is why you must see your doctor and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What causes my leg to swell up over night like pitting edema?

What causes my leg to swell up over night like pitting edema?

Pitting edema: It can come from many causes, including heart faikure, liver disease, kidney disease, excessive salt intake and fluid retension.It can also come from lacal condition involving just the affected extremitiy, like varicose veins and thrombophlebitis. You should see your doctor and have him check you. ...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

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Is it possible that being overweight cause edema in the lower leg area?

Is it possible that being overweight cause edema in the lower leg area?

Obesity causes edema: Obesity can be a contributing factor for lower body edema, as well as blood clots, poor nutrition, heart issues, and other factors. A thorough exam and work up by a physician is recommended. ...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