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Signs and Symptoms of Edema

If you’ve ever experienced swollen feet, ankles, or other parts of your body, you may be suffering from edema. Edema is a symptom that usually means there is a fluid buildup in that area. 

At Vascular Vein Center we are able to diagnose vein and lymphatic issues and coordinate treatment for your swollen legs and edema at our centers throughout Florida. If you need more information on what edema is and whether you may suffer from it, here’s some information and how our team can help.

What is edema?

The medical term edema refers to swelling caused by fluid retention throughout the body. It can occur in multiple locations, but is frequently found in the legs, feet, and arms. 

Edema can occur on its own, but it’s often a symptom of different diseases, including:

Life-threatening edema

Though edema generally refers to swelling, there are multiple subtypes of edema based on their location and cause. Some types require immediate treatment, such as:

Edema of the legs

Here at Vascular Vein Center, we primarily focus on edema that occurs in the legs. This may include: 

Throughout the day, our legs normally experience changes to the pressure in our veins and may even experience swelling from time to time. If you’ve ever noticed swollen ankles after a long day standing, this may be to blame. 

However, if the veins in your legs are unable to return the fluid throughout the rest of your body, you may experience edema in your legs, which could be a sign of a more serious problem. 

Regardless of the cause of your edema, it’s important to act quickly. Left untreated, your edema may progress to causing an ulcer or leaving permanent damage to your skin. 

Treatment options

No one size fits all for edema treatment. Because underlying health issues usually cause edema, we base treatment on the cause and severity of your edema.

For example, we recommend compression garments to reduce fluid retention and prevent progression for lymphedema. When it comes to edema caused by vascular problems, we often use laser ablation for larger veins and Varithena or medical foam for closure of varicose veins

To correctly diagnose your edema, call Vascular Vein Centers at any of our convenient locations throughout Florida. You can also request an appointment, or use our online contact form to request more information.

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