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Leg Swelling

Leg Swelling

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Leg swelling, also known as peripheral edema, is caused by the retention of fluid in leg tissues. For some patients, swelling in the legs can be a symptom of a more serious health concern, such as lymphedema. Serving the residents of Lima, Celina, Findlay and beyond, board-certified physician Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal, MHSA and her team at the Vein Care Centre can examine your condition to help you determine the best course of treatment.

What Causes Leg Swelling?

Peripheral edema occurs when there is excess fluid trapped in the leg tissues. This condition may be the result of pregnancy, damaged or weakened veins, certain medications or an underlying disease, such as heart failure, kidney disease or lymphedema. Swelling in the legs is often caused by an issue with the circulatory system, the lymphatic system, the venous system or the kidneys. However, peripheral edema can also develop as a result of fluid build-up, which can occur from being inactive or overweight, after standing or sitting for long periods, or wearing tight stockings.

What are the Symptoms of Edema?

Signs of edema in the legs usually depend on the underlying cause, but the most common symptoms of this condition include:

  • Swelling or puffiness of the tissue directly under the skin
  • Stretched or shiny skin
  • Leg pain or numbness
  • Redness or itching
  • Aching or stiff joints

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is the accumulation of fluid that creates swelling in one or more regions of the body. This condition is typically the result of damaged lymph nodes or a blockage in the lymphatic system that affects the body’s ability to drain fluid. Lymphedema can either be primary, occurring on its own, or secondary, as a result of another condition, such as surgery, cancer or infection. If left untreated, lymphedema can worsen and cause severe swelling and even permanent changes to the tissue under the skin, such as thickening or scarring.

When Should I See A Doctor About Leg Swelling?

There are various ways to support your vein health at home. In some cases, edema can be reduced by minimizing salt consumption, exercising regularly, raising the legs to improve circulation, wearing compression stockings or avoiding long periods of sitting or standing. If these remedies prove ineffective, however, the condition could be a symptom of a more serious health concern. In this case, the next step would be to visit a specialist who can examine your situation and determine the underlying cause of the swelling.

Treatment for Leg Swelling

Leg swelling can be the sign of a more severe condition and can pose a significant risk to your health if left untreated. While there is no direct cure for lymphedema, our experts can help provide treatments that can significantly improve the symptoms and help manage the condition. Treatment will vary for each patient, depending on the underlying cause of the swelling. At the Vein Care Center, Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal and her team can assess your condition to determine the most suitable method for removing excess fluid and restoring comfort to your legs. Don’t ignore the symptoms of leg swelling – contact us today at (419) 227 4472 to schedule your free screening.

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