Patient discussion about swelling

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Q. How can we avoid swelling in the legs?

Ait really depends what the cause is- there are 219 different causes, not all of them have the same will have to be more specific.
here is a site that helps me a lot, maybe you'll find it useful :)

Q. What Causes ankle Swelling?

My son woke up this morning with a red, swollen ankle. What could cause this situation?
A1A swollen and red ankle suggest either a traumatic injury to the joint or an infection in the joint, adjacent tissues or bones. This is an emergency and it is important to consult a doctor as soon as possible, especially if the joint loses its ability to perform movements in all directions.
A2Swelling of the lower leg and ankle is a common problem. It is caused by accumulation of fluid within the ankle joint or in the soft tissues surrounding it. Common causes of ankle swelling include: a traumatic injury, such as an ankle sprain, a broken ankle or stress fractures, an infection that can either occur in the soft tissues around the ankle joint (cellulitis), in the joint itself (septic joint) or in the bone (osteomyelitis), vascular problems such as an obstruction and more. A swollen ankle requires a medical examination and treatment.

Q. can flights cause swelling of the legs? is it normal? is it dangerous?

i took a flight from London to N.Y.C a week ago and my ankles looked like two red blimps afterwards and it was painful walking on them later.
A1i think that you got acquainted with my old friend-"Economy class syndrome".. i got it while flying to Australia. this is not normal- this is what happens when a clot of blood forms in your veins (usually legs) and stops blood flow back to the heart. if you already have problems with blood coagulation - your Dr. should have told you to be careful while flying. if not- you got an early call and should check it out. CNN did a story on that, i found you a link:
A2if it is deep vein thrombosis (DVT) - it's dangerous. first of all, you should check it out with a specialist. and if you fly again- try to walk around a lot, stretch your legs and drink a lot of fluids - this is what my Dr. recommended.

Q. I have a swelling in the back of my knee, what is it?

A few weeks ago I fell while exercising. Now I have a swelling in the back on my right knee and it hurts me to walk long distances. What could be causing this?
A1It sounds like you have a Baker cyst. Here is a video which explains about it:
A2It could be baker's cyst. A Baker cyst, also called a popliteal cyst, is swelling caused by knee joint fluid protruding to the back of the knee (popliteal area of the knee). When an excess of knee joint fluid is compressed by the body weight between the bones of the knee joint, it can become trapped and separate from the joint to form a fluid-filled sac, referred to as a Baker cyst. You should see a Doctor to have it examined.

Q. Heart serious, Lungs swollen.

My brother Bennet, seventeen, and it is birthday tomorrow. But I guess he already got his seventeenth birthday present: lupus. He is recently diagnosed with lupus, yet some complications are still under-diagnosed. He have always had huge aspirations. Now, as my health deterioates at a weird rate, he can't walk around. His heart is in serious condition, his lungs are swollen, so are his joints. His voice is almost not there and he is, thinking about his eighteenth birthday. His face is swollen, as some gland in his neck has bloated and somehow he don't enjoy what he see in the mirror he says. He is very sensitive to sunlight and so he stay in for all day and when he decide to go out, it is after 8 or 9 p.m. He is despondent, yes. Because he see his dreams shattering, his family life is breaking apart and he feels as if he is getting more useless EVERY single day. How long will he continue? Maybe another thirty years...maybe not another day. Could anyone help him to SURV
A1Sorry to hear about your brother being so miserable with his symptoms, and the apparent distress it understandably is causing you.

With sunlight bothering him, that is called photophobia and is a symptom of certain types of lupus, or can be an effect from a medication he may be taking. The swelling on his neck may be due to hyperthyroidism, asthma, or an allergic reaction perhaps to prednisone, which is given to lupus patients.

You should get your bother to see a doctor soon, if you have not already. You don't want him to stop breathing or anything.

A2I cannot advise on Lupus, but we all need to know we are loved and appreciated. His appearance is altered by the disease, which can be troubling; let him know how much you love him for the person he is. Remind him of the good times you've had together and whatever good influense he's had on you and others. Spend time with him, encourage doable activities, board games, artwork, etc. Read together. These things can take his mind off the disease and bolster his self best wishes to you and your family.
A3all i can do is give moral support...other then that the only treatment for Lupus is to suppress the immune system.

Q. I have neck pain in the center of my neck. It is also swollen what can it be?

I am a 33 secretary and i am usually very healthy. in the past few weeks i am feeling a large swelling in my neck. It is hot and painful, but touching it doesn't make the pain worse. what can it be?
A1Neck swelling can be either from thyroid source or from inflamation of the skin due to infection. to distinguish between them you can check if the swelling is connected to the thyroid or not. Try to swallow. If the swelling is moving - its a thyroid swelling. elsewhere its a cutaneous issue.
A2Your neck problem can be due to several etiologies, but i can your symptoms sounds very familiar to the symptoms that i had during my thyroid gland inflammation.
does your neck look like this?
If so you need to contact en endocrinologist.

Q. My left foot is swollen and painful. Can it be flesh eating bacteria?

I am a 24 years old lady and my left foot is swollen and painful. To be more specific it is not just swollen it's red, painful and hot. I just saw a TV show few days ago about "flesh eating bacteria". I know it sounds like I have hypochondria but I am very afraid.
A1To get a serious skin infection you need a port of entry for it. Think if you had any cosmetic therapy for your legs lately. If you can find a port of entry you can read here about cellulites - the name for swollen red and painful area of the skin.
A2Don't feel bad for caring for yourself. Yes, the risk that this situation is flesh eating bacteria (FEB) is small (maybe we saw the same show :)) but it's important to find out. I had cellulites (the thing that mimic FEB)once, and you sound to me like you have it too.
FEB is a more systemic illness with fever and with rapid enlargement of the swelling. Mark the red area on your foot. If it grows go to the ER for antibiotic therapy.
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