Swollen Legs

Swollen legs occur commonly in old adults. It can occur due to injury, build-up of fluid in the body, being inactive, prolonged sitting or standing, and wearing tight socks. It can be a sign of heart disease or acute kidney failure. It can also occur due to pulmonary hypertension, cardiomyopathy, nephrotic syndrome, obesity, and pericarditis. Swollen legs can also occur due to inflammation of legs seen in rheumatoid arthritis, Achilles tendon rupture, burns, cellulitis, and osteoarthritis. It is managed by taking a low-salt diet, giving exercise to the legs often, and wearing support stockings. Keeping legs in a pillow above the heart level helps reduce swelling in the legs, and taking frequent breaks during traveling helps to reduce it.

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I am a 37-year-old male suffering from swelling in both legs since a month. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 37-year-old male suffering from swelling in both legs for a month. I had heart failure three years ago and was hospitalized for six weeks. I discontinued my treatment a few days back. My last checkup was done last year. Until now, I did not go for a checkup. I am taking Ketoanalogue...  Read Full »

Dr. Yash Kathuria

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. As you have a history of heart failure, this can explain swelling in the legs. But the medicine Amlodipine you are taking is known to cause leg swelling. You should consult your cardiologist and get echocardiography done to determine heart st...  Read Full »

What is the possible reasons for the leg swelling due to mosquito bite?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old female. For four years, my right leg has swollen once in a year in the summer or when I go for agricultural works in mud fields. Initially it starts with fever, vomiting, body pain, chillness and then my leg will change to light red color and the swelling will start....  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks like you had cellulitis. You might have scratched your leg and later on it has developed an infection. I think you are accumulating gas in your foot and in your leg. I think you should be seen by an orthopedic surgeon sooner rather than later. You need a co...  Read Full »

Can you please explain my father's test results?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is 78 years old. He generally maintains good health except being diabetic for the last two years. However, since last once month his WBC, urea and creatinine values are abnormally high indicating kidney malfunctioning. He has lost 8.82 to 13.23 lbs in the last three months and h...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash H. M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query and attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), my opinion is as follows: Diabetes appears to be in good control. However, due to renal disease, blood pressure must be high. He is on multiple medications for blood pressure fo...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from extreme fatigue and swollen legs. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from extreme fatigue, and I have been feeling heavy, swollen legs. My ankles have a permanent band around them that looks like a socks mark. I cannot lose weight no matter what I do. I elevate my legs and wear compression socks. I have hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I have reviewed your attached images (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Yes, there is a swollen bilateral lower limb. You mentioned hypothyroidism, and the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) level was 17.6 mIU/L in th...  Read Full »

Why does my grandmother have persistent swelling, discoloration, and blisters on her legs even after using the using Betamethasone ointment?

Query: Hello doctor, My grandmother is 94 years old and has swelling, discoloration, and blisters on her legs. She takes the tablet Nicardia Retard 20 mg in the morning and 10 mg in the evening. Unfortunately, I cannot take her to the doctor now as she cannot walk. This problem has persisted for the past o...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed the history and images provided (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). They appear as stasis dermatitis. It is an inflammatory condition caused due to multiple factors including gravitational edema where fluid pooling on the lower li...  Read Full »

Kindly go through the blood report and give your opinion.

Query: Hello doctor, From the past few weeks, I have had severe pain and inflammation in both the legs, from my knees to the foot. I limp while walking, and have no injuries or accident. Also, I feel very lazy, weak, and sometimes feel feverish in the evenings. My concentration at work is also going down. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is nothing serious, no need to worry. The central problem associated with you is obesity. Obesity has lead to excess fat deposition in the liver, leading to mild elevation of AST (aspartat...  Read Full »

Do increased blood sugar levels cause cellulitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with cellulitis in my right leg above the ankle. It had again come on my right leg two weeks ago. The swelling this time has subsided without antibiotics. But I still feel some tiredness. I had it three times last year, and the doctor examined it and said it should be bec...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. I went through your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The blood values are changed significantly. Especially ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), WBC (white blood cell) indicates i...  Read Full »

Why does my mother have pain and swelling in her foot?

Query: Hello doctor,My Mother is 55 years old. She has a condition of swollen foot with immense pain, and she is a diabetic patient. The pain in foot appeared suddenly. Now she cannot stand long or walk properly. In the morning, the swelling is less, but by the end of the day. I am taking medication for di...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There can be few possible cases for such swelling one is it is related to the kidney. When kidney function is impaired, then due to that, swelling occurs. As you mentioned, she has diabetes, which could be due to the kidney's not properly functioning. Another reason is ...  Read Full »

How to treat a sore and swollen leg due to an insect bite?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a sore leg, which I believed to be caused by insect bites. It started about three days ago and not that painful. I have no fever nor anything with normal BP. I currently have four minor wounds with a swollen leg. Kindly suggest medications or antibiotics for the same. I have at...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I understand that this happened three days ago. One picture looks like an insect bite with blister formation, the other one may not (not sure though). Are you sure this is because of ...  Read Full »

What are the side effects caused by BP medicine?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is an 84-year-old male. He takes Amlodipine 2.5 twice a day; whole day BP is average or little high except when he gets anxious, BP gets high and ranges from 170/90 to 200/100, to reduce BP I was Sorbitrate with which his anxiety also get reduced (this happens five to six days ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. No, Lasilactone is not necessary now, and it should be avoided considering his history of getting unconscious with it. We should slightly increase the dose of his current medications. However, Amlodipine should be changed to Cilnidipine as the leg and feet swelling i...  Read Full »

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