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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

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Elephantiasis (Definition)

Elephantiasis is gross enlargement of limb or areas of the trunk or head. There is abnormal accumulation of watery fluid in the tissues (lymph) causing severe swelling. The skin is usually thickened, cobble stone appearance and may become ulcerated sometimes with fever, chills.Rare disorder mainly in africa casused by parasities. This is related to blockage ...Read more


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I'm not sure if this is elephantiasis or not. My family has had a history of big legs. How can we get them to be normal?

I'm not sure if this is elephantiasis or not. My family has had a history of big legs. How can we get them to be normal?

Veins or lymphedema: See a lymphedema specialist and a vein specialist: phlebologist- www.Phlebology.Org. Lymphedema and venous insufficiency can present with large swollen legs, even with skin irritations sometimes patients have phlebolymphedema. They have specific ultrasound tests for veins and testing for lymphedema. ...Read more

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My legs and feet hurt and i looked down and out of nowhere my calfs and feet were huge!!! Why would i have edema that bad out of the blue?

My legs and feet hurt and i looked down and out of nowhere my calfs and feet were huge!!! Why would i have edema that bad out of the blue?

Unusual: Those symptoms are unusual at your age. The worst thing we worry about with those symptoms is a blood clot in the pelvis or inferior vena cava. There are many other potential causes also, though. Therefore, you need to see your doctor to evaluate and treat the problem ASAP. ...Read more

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Can a bad sunburn on your legs and feet cause pitting edema?

Can a bad sunburn on your legs and feet cause pitting edema?

Yes: Elevate legs as high and as long as possible. Cool water and lubrication will help. It will feel better every day & be ok in 10 days. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do for sevete edema in the legs? It seems to be the worst from the knee down to feet with the feet being extremely bad.

What is the best thing to do for sevete edema in the legs? It seems to be the worst from the knee down to feet with the feet being extremely bad.

Depends on cause: To determine the beds treatment, a doctor will want to try to identify the cause of the edema. Several conditions, including heart disease and kidney disease, may be contributing to this. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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I am 25 years old &I have bad edema and my legs are swelling in my legs above my knees down to my feet change color if I'm on them 4a short period ?

I am 25 years old &I have bad edema and my legs are swelling in my legs above my knees down to my feet change color if I'm on them 4a short period ?

Be seen : I would certainly recommend you be seen and thoroughly evaluated. It can be a fluid retention issue of which there are multiple potential causes; or a venous outflow problem. A detailed exam and appropriate studies will likely reveal the issue. ...Read more

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4 days Leg calves itch bad,slight swollen started new job on feet lot. No redness. 2 days later feet burn, BP fine.Normally have little edema .Age 61?

4 days Leg calves itch bad,slight swollen started new job on feet lot. No redness. 2 days later feet burn, BP fine.Normally have little edema .Age 61?

Not unusual-: -@ all. I'm 74 workout 4x/wk for an hour, it includes strength,cardio, & core. I still have edema, small amount even on the workout days. If this is a new finding, it may be wise to see your PCP and have it checked out, especially if it seems 2 be worsening. ...Read more

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What is causing my pain? I have severe pain and swelling in both feet, so much so that i can't walk. Soreness travels up my legs and gets bad in my low back where it is beginning to swell. The swelling is not soft, like edema, but hard, like bone. I al

What is causing my pain? I have severe pain and swelling in both feet, so much so that i can't walk. Soreness travels up my legs and gets bad in my low back where it is beginning to swell. The swelling is not soft, like edema, but hard, like bone. I al

There : There is really not enough information to provide a good answer. There are many possible reasons for swollen legs. While this could be some type of arthritis, i would also be concerned about a vascular, heart. Or kidney problem. I would suggest that you start by seeing your primary care physician and let that person decide what tests or specialists are needed. ...Read more

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I got a chest cold/bronchitis 10/18, now still with left chest pain, ankle and belly edema, bad leg pain. Low fever. High crp/sed. Doc on vacation ?Er

I got a chest cold/bronchitis 10/18, now still with left chest pain, ankle and belly edema, bad leg pain. Low fever. High crp/sed. Doc on vacation ?Er

Go to ER now!: Among the list of possible causes of your symptoms are blood clots in your legs and lungs. Were that to be confirmed, you would require urgent intravenous or injected anticoagulant therapy. I suggest you go to the nearest emergency room. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Filariasis (Definition)

Lymphatic filiarisis is a parasitic infection of the lymph system. The parasitic worm is spread by mosquito bites in the tropical areas of asia, africa and other places. The worm blocks the lymph flow which then causes swelling (typically of legs and pelvic areas) you need to live in infected areas a long time to catch this, tourists are not at risk. It is ...Read more


Dr. Chad Levitt
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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