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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


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Why do my hands, knees and (sometimes) feet swell & hurt at night? I'm 24/f/ & a bartender. I don't eat a ton of salt and I drink plenty of water.

Why do my hands, knees and (sometimes) feet swell & hurt at night? I'm 24/f/ & a bartender. I don't eat a ton of salt and I drink plenty of water.

Not typical: It is not normal to have bilateral joint swelling on a regular basis. If you only had feet swelling after working a shift you might be able to explain that but not with the knees or hands. A more detailed history, examination and labs are needed to get a better idea of what might be the cause. ...Read more

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Why do my hands and feet swell?

Why do my hands and feet swell?

A # of things: There are a number of things that can cause this. Electrolyte imbalances or rheumatoid arthritis are two possibilities. Go to your primary care physician to get a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Why do my hands and feet swell up randomly?

Why do my hands and feet swell up randomly?

Not random: There is always a reason for swelling. It seems random to you most likely because you have not discovered what is responsible yet. The usual suspects are diet, salt intake, positional, exercise related, arthritic, vascular disease, cardiac problems.....If you have ruled out the obvious ones then I would suggest seeing your primary care physician. ...Read more

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My hands and feet swell when I am cold. What can cause this?

My hands and feet swell when I am cold. What can cause this?

Raynauds: There's an entity called raynauds which causes clamping down of blood vessels in cold environments. The extremities can change color, be painful or even swell. Wear gloves or mittens to keep them warm and see your doc. There are some meds that may help. ...Read more

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My hands and feet swell when I'm cold, but I don't have raynaud's disease. What else could it be?

My hands and feet swell when I'm cold, but I don't have raynaud's disease. What else could it be?

Circulation: When you are cold, your body will try to direct most of it's heat to your vital organs which include your heart, lungs, intestines, etc. Therefore, it will decrease the blood flow to your feet and hands by temporarily decreasing the blood flow to these areas, thereby creating the swelling in your hands and feet. ...Read more

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Why does my hands and feet swell only in cold weather?

Why does my hands and feet swell only in cold weather?

Cold hands warmheart: Blood is restricted from hands and feet in cold weather to keep the brain and organs warm. Lack of circulation can predispose to swelling. ...Read more

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How come my hands and feet swell up during the summer or when the weather gets warmer?

How come my hands and feet swell up during the summer or when the weather gets warmer?

Swelling: Swelling like this can be mild fluid retention from salt excess, dietary changes, and if recurrent and mild, is harmless, especially if heart, kidney, lung and medicine side effects are ruled out. ...Read more

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For the past three days my hands and feet swell up I don't know why I have no heart conditions nor any kidney conditions what can it be?

For the past three days my hands and feet swell up I don't know why I have no heart conditions nor any kidney conditions what can it be?

Think BP: High blood pressure, and certain medications used to treat them can cause peripheral edema. Excess sodium intake can lead to fluid retention as well. Talk to your doctor to see if this is the case, or if there is another cause for this. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hands and feet swell and itch. This is not an allergic reaction so what can I do to cure it?

Hands and feet swell and itch. This is not an allergic reaction so what can I do to cure it?

Need more info: When does it occur? Is it related to some activity or contact? How do you know it is not "allergic"? ...Read more

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When my blood pressure is high, y does my hands & feet swell?

When my blood pressure is high, y does my hands & feet swell?

Fluid retention (?): I suspect you may retain a little fluid - perhaps as part of premenstrual syndrome (?) - at any rate, for whatever reason, that will make you swell and raise your BP. (the BP doesn't cause the swelling). If you meticulously avoid salt during those vulnerable days, you can help minimize both swelling and BP elevations. ...Read more

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LtHead @stand up, skin cold/clammy w/exercise, hand+feet swell/[email protected], [email protected], random flushing, freq cold intol. Not 2/2 anx. NL ECG/Echo. What?

LtHead @stand up, skin cold/clammy w/exercise, hand+feet swell/hot@bed, ice-cold@day, random flushing, freq cold intol. Not 2/2 anx. NL ECG/Echo. What?

More testing: The next "round" of testing woyld include a 24hour heart monitor to rule out any arrythmia. A Full metabolic workup is necessary to exclude endocrine causes. (Cortisol, sugar, thyroid) A 24 hour urine should be done to rule out carcinoid and pheochromocytoma. Lastly a neurologic evaluation to rule out autonomic dysfunction. ...Read more

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I have a foot swelling and it looks like I'm having an allergic reaction. It looks like it might be spreading to my hands. Can anyone help me?

I have a foot swelling and it looks like I'm having an allergic reaction. It looks like it might be spreading to my hands. Can anyone help me?

Need to be seen: Your swelling could be an allergic rxn. Please make an appointment to be evaluated and treated for reaction or possible infection. Only being seen can a physician make a good clinical decision on your care. ...Read more

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I have hand and foot swelling. I have problems about my shoes they unfit to me. What can I do?

I have hand and foot swelling. I have problems about my shoes they unfit to me. What can I do?

Foot swelling: 1st get shoes that fit and purchase toward end of day. You also find out what ois the cause of the swelling. At your age I doubt it's circulatory. Any injury recently or new shoes worn recently? More info would help. ...Read more

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Why is it that my feet swell at night?

Swelling: Standing or dependency causes swelling at the end of the day. Elevation and low salt diet may help. ...Read more

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Why do feet swell at night?

Why do feet swell at night?

Many hour on feet: The veins in your legs have valves in them to prevent blood return from back flow. At end of day the fluid could be from the veins essentially being over worked. Lying down help the blood leave the legs to return to the heart. This could be serious - called venous stasis, see primary care doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Why do feet swell up at night?

Why do feet swell up at night?

Swelling in Feet: As you stand walk and move around during the day gravity pulls blood down and pools in feet and ankles. Compression hose help and elevation at night. ...Read more

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The pain has only been since having been pregnant going on two yrs my feet swell my whole body aches and I'm extremely restless at night fell constant?

The pain has only been since having been pregnant going on two yrs my feet swell my whole body aches and I'm extremely restless at night fell constant?

Needs To Be Checked: You have had these symptoms for two years and have not consulted any doctor to find out why you have these symptoms
It is about time that you consult your doctor and get comprehensive physical exam and blood tests and if indicated other tests
Make an apt soon ...Read more

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After a night of drinking alcohol the next day my feet swell for 24hrs then goes back to normal?? Also get night sweats and lack of sleep since uni

After a night of drinking alcohol the next day my feet swell for 24hrs then goes back to normal?? Also get night sweats and lack of sleep since uni

Message in a bottle: Your feet are telling you to stay away from alcohol - or make it minimal - before they are damaged badly enough to fail to recover in 1 day. Your inability to process the big change in blood sugar needs an eval. See your Dr. For exam and glucose testing. Avoid diabetes if you can, treat it if you must. Best! ...Read more

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What it mean when your feet swell when you dangle them?

What it mean when your feet swell when you dangle them?

Venous: The most likely answer is that you have a vein problem. You should probably see a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Why would one of my feet swell and not the other?

It may be injured: But it is also possible for the left foot and leg to swell due to a normal anatomical finding. ...Read more

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What could make my husbands feet swell and turn reddish purple?

What could make my husbands feet swell and turn reddish purple?

Dependent rubor: Meaning a deep red color when the legs are in a dangling position. Oftentimes, this can be from chronic venous insufficiency. ...Read more

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