EDEMA TREATMENT IN LEXINGTON KENTUCKY
The Best Edema Specialist in Lexington, KY.
WHAT IS EDEMA?
Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body’s tissues. Although it can affect any part of your body. However, you may notice it more in your hands, arms, feet, ankles, and legs.
Many things can cause it such as medication, and pregnancy. Moreover, an underlying disease like congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or cirrhosis of the liver can also be a factor.
At Lexington Vein Institute, we specialize in evaluating and treating edema caused by problems in the venous or lymphatic system disease. More specifically venous insufficiency, and lymphedema.
Our comprehensive evaluation includes ultrasound and doppler evaluation to both legs to establish the presence or absence of any vein or lymphatic disease.
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WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
The affected area gets swollen, and the skin over the swollen area might look stretched and shiny. Pushing in gently on the swollen area with your finger for at least 5 seconds and then removing your finger will leave a dimple in the skin. You may feel leg fatigue and mild discomfort in your feet and ankle due to stretched skin. Cough, chest pain, and shortness of air may occur if the cause of edema is a more severe illness like congestive heart failure, liver, or kidney failure.
WHAT CAUSES EDEMA?
- Edema occurs when fluid leaks out of the tiny blood vessel called capillary into to surrounding tissues.
- Edema can occur or get worse as a result of gravity. Especially from sitting or standing in one place for too long. The fluid naturally gets pulled down into your legs and feet. It can happen from weak or incompetent valves in the veins of the lower extremities (a condition called venous insufficiency). This problem makes it hard for blood in your veins to return to the heart against gravity and leads to varicose veins. It may also cause a buildup of fluid in the legs.
- Certain diseases, such as congestive heart failure, lungs, liver disease, kidney disorder, and thyroid diseases, can also cause edema in a completely different mechanism.
- Some drugs, like medications that you are taking for your blood pressure or over the counter anti-inflammatory, may worsen it.
- Being pregnant can cause edema in the legs as the uterus puts pressure on the blood vessels in the lower trunk of the body.