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Leg Swelling

Do You Have Leg Swelling And Discoloration?

Some people notice that their legs or feet are always swollen at the end of the day, or after standing or sitting for long periods. Leg swelling usually comes with discoloration, too. If this sounds familiar, you could have a condition known as edema, caused by the retention of fluids within the soft tissues. It could be a sign of something else.

Possible causes
Being still for long periods, medications, pregnancy, surgery, injuries. It could also be a symptom of an underlying condition.

Swelling, pain, discoloration, tenderness, heaviness, warmth. You can develop blisters or ulcers.

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Related Conditions

Venous insufficiency
A condition that appears when veins aren’t capable of sending blood from your extremities back to your heart. This can also produce spider and varicose veins.

Circulatory problems
Leg swelling could be a sign of blood clots or heart problems like arrhythmia and congestive heart failure.

Kidney Problems
If you have kidney problems, they can cause fluid to build up in your tissues.

Treating Leg Swelling

The treatment for leg swelling and discoloration depends on the degree and cause of the condition. You should visit a vein specialist to find out what’s causing it and create an effective treatment plan for you. If the cause has to do with vein issues, vein treatments like sclerotherapy or laser therapy can help you find relief.

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When To See A Doctor

Swelling becomes common

Don’t get accustomed if your legs are always swollen at the end of the day.

Out of nowhere

Symptoms appear suddenly and without a reason, and don't go away with home remedies.

Warning signs

Seek immediate help if you also experience difficulty breathing, chest pain, dizziness, confusion, or start coughing blood.

FAQ About Leg Swelling Treatments

How can I alleviate leg swelling at home?

If you suffer from leg swelling, you should schedule an appointment with a specialist so they can identify if there’s a severe condition causing it. However, you can ease the symptoms at home with these tips:

  • Use compressions stockings while sleeping.
  • Live a healthy lifestyle and exercise.
  • Elevate your legs above your heart while resting.
  • Decrease the amount of salt in your food.

How do I know what's causing my swelling?

If you are suffering from leg swelling, discoloration, and pain, and there is no decrease of symptoms after a few days, you should visit a doctor.

In our vein clinics, one of our specialists can evaluate you and determine what’s causing your condition before creating a treatment plan for you.

Can I treat leg swelling with laser therapy?

For some patients, leg swelling is a product of varicose or spider veins. If that’s your case, one of our vein specialists may recommend you to treat this condition using laser therapy.

Laser heat damages the affected veins. This forms scar tissue, which closes the vein. Another procedure that can help you alleviate leg swelling is sclerotherapy, which consists of injecting a solution directly into the vein.

However, your doctor must first diagnose your condition to identify if there’s a vein condition causing your symptoms.

What can I expect from a sclerotherapy treatment?

Sclerotherapy is an outpatient procedure, which means you can return to your daily routine normally. However, you should avoid high-intensity activities like exercise and aerobics.

You should also avoid saunas, direct exposure to sunlight, and hot compresses or hot tubs.

How effective are vein therapies for leg swelling?

If venous insufficiency or other related conditions are causing your edema, vein treatments can help you find the relief that you need.

What happens if leg swelling is left untreated?

Most people experience limb swelling at some point. Occasional swelling goes away by itself and doesn’t represent a risk for your health.

However, if this is a recurrent symptom, it could be a sign of a severe condition, which can get worse over time.

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