Edema indicates swelling caused due to excess fluid trapped in body tissues. It often occurs in hands, arms, feet, ankles, and legs. Edema can occur due to prolonged sitting or standing in one place for a long time and venous insufficiency in the legs. Eating fewer salts in the diet helps to manage it. Wearing compression socks on the swelled area and raising the part of the body affected with edema above the heart helps to control edema.

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I have calf edema and am concerned whether I also have lymphedema. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have consulted a vascular radiologist for calf edema. There was no discomfort or redness. I am in my perimenopausal period. These were the findings. Technique: Duplex ultrasound of the left lower extremity venous system was performed with the patient in a standing position and using man...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. From your statement, I understood that you have been experiencing leg swelling beneath the knee. A venous Doppler ultrasonography is required for the diagnosis of lipoedema. Lipoedema has many characteristics of venous insufficiency, whic...  Read Full »

Please give an opinion on my 6 months pregnant wife having placenta previa with no fetal movements..

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is six months pregnant. Till, now she is not feeling any fetal movements. Her recent ultrasound shows placenta previa. She is having pain in her stomach, along with edema on both the feet. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. With the symptoms you have mentioned, I feel you should immediately go to the obstetrician and get an urgent ultrasound done first to learn about the fetal well being. It is not a good sign that she has not felt the baby movements as of now. Secondly, with placenta p...  Read Full »

What is the reason for edema of both feet and ankles?

Query: Hello doctor, I am regularly taking 6 oz of warm water with half a slice of a medium-sized lemon and one medium spoon of honey right in the morning for the last 15 days. Whatever be the benefits, I find my arthritic knee pains have slightly increased along with edema of both feet and ankles and pa...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post. You have mentioned that you are suffering from ankylosing spondylitis (AS) with osteoarthritis. But, you have not mentioned which DMARD (disease-modifying antirheumatic drug) you are taking.Anyways, I would suggest the following. NSAIDS (non-s...  Read Full »

How can whole body swelling be reduced after bypass surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an 80-year-old grandmother who went in for a triple heart bypass a year back. But she now suffers from swelling throughout her body. The diuretics will not help. How do we get this fluid out of her?  Read Full »

Dr. Tarek Algamal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Getting rid of these fluids is dependent on knowing the cause of its accumulation. She may need to increase the dose or change to intravenous diuretics (to be taken in the hospital). We should check also protein levels in the blood and liver and kidney functions. Follow u...  Read Full »

My mother has been experiencing chest pain along with breathlessness, and her chest X-ray shows fluid buildup in the lungs. What could cause this?

Query: Hello doctor, My mom is a diabetic, hypertensive, and on medications for both. For the last six months, she has been having peripheral edema right-sided. Kidney function tests, complete blood count, and urine all reports are normal. Yesterday she was having mild chest pain and breathlessness. The EC...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. Was the echocardiogram entirely normal, or was there any diastolic dysfunction? Just check it. Pedal edema may occur with age due to excessive salt retention in the body. Since you have ruled out important causes, now there is no need to wo...  Read Full »

Do birth control pills cause nephrotic syndrome?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter has been taking birth control pills for five months, since she gave birth. About two months ago, she started having some swelling in her feet and legs. She waited to see if it would go away, but it did not. Her doctor did some tests and found protein in the urine, so she sent ...  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As your physician said, birth control pills do not cause nephrotic syndrome or protein in urine. Nephrotic syndrome is the combination of nephrotic range proteinuria (more than 3 g of protein in urine) with a low serum albumin level and edema. The eti...  Read Full »

Why am I having right knee pain without injury for more than a month?

Query: Hi doctor, I have an issue with my right knee. A few months back, I woke up with mild pain in my right knee. I do not recall whether doing any sports or falling or hitting anything caused it. I ignored it for a few months until it became annoying. The pain was not much, and it caused more discomfort...  Read Full »

Dr. Manav Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the information. Since there are very few sections of the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) that you have shared, I cannot comment on the status of the ligaments and joints (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Also, there are no reports g...  Read Full »

Why is the finger shrinking post replantation surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, My 9-year-old son underwent a finger replantation surgery two days ago. Yesterday, the finger was quite normal but today it is becoming little dry and shrinking. How can the finger be saved? Please help. I have attached few photographs.  Read Full »

Dr. Pavan N Murdeshwar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The replanted finger usually cannot be commented upon until 48 to 72 hours of the procedure. The finger may seem to be normal until then. The common cause of failure includes venous congestion where the finger turns bluish and edematous. As you have mentioned, the ...  Read Full »

Does normal diet cause edema in a liver cirrhosis patient?

Query: Hi doctor, The patient is suffering from liver cirrhosis. Will the liver remain enlarged? Or do come back to its normal size after some time? Does having a normal diet develop edema?  Read Full »

Dr. Naresh Kumar M.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through the details posted. Edema in cirrhosis patients is mainly due to low oncotic pressure in blood vessels because of low albumin. Cirrhosis compromise the synthetic function of the liver and so albumin production gets decreased. It is the albumi...  Read Full »

Will taking Telmisartan for long periods cause edema in my legs?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 60-year-old male who is quite healthy and exercise regularly. I have been taking 80 mg Telmisartan for 20 years and taking one Diclofenac or Naproxen tablet daily for arthritis. Last few years, my legs have been swelling with edema, which has increased my weight. I have been researc...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.I can understand your concern. I think we should first rule out heart failure and kidney disease because both are common with hypertension and cause edema feet. So, if possible first get done echocardiography and kidney function tests. It will be of great help if you can se...  Read Full »

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