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What does plus 1 mean when talking about weight and edema?


I was at the Dr and she was looking at my Weight/Edema on my legs and she said that I am at plus 1 already. I am thinking it has to do with my edema but maybe not. I gained 27 pounds and I am 36 weeks pregnant.
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This has to do with how much swelling on your legs. 1+ edema means that when she presses on your leg where swelling occurs, it takes 1 second for the skin to bounce back, or become even so that there is no indention left on the skin. The number is just how many seconds it takes to recoil. 1+ is not too bad. Keeping your feet up especially above the level of your heart and decreasing salty foods can help with swelling. Also drink plenty of water, dehydration causes more swelling because your body actually will hold on to fluid which will cause more swelling in the legs.Hope this helps. Good Luck!  (+ info)

How important is it for my mother to wear her tight socks for her edema in her feet and ankles?


My elderly mother has edema--pooling of fluids in her ankles and feet. Her doctor has recommended she wear tight fitting, thigh high stockings to keep the fluids out of her lower extremities. But the stockings are very hard for me as caregiver to put on and take off. She hates the whole process, as do I. The swelling is moderate. What bad things might happen if she doesn't wear the stockings and control the fluid in her ankles and feet?
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Without her support hose, her legs will swell and become uncomfortable. Continuing to allow them to swell will stretch out her lymphatic system, allowing more swelling. Lymphatic fluid is the "garbage men" of the body, taking waste away that the blood can't handle. So swollen ankles can make her more susceptible to infection.

To aid in putting on the socks, get a "butler" - it's a heavy wire contraption that stretches out the sock so she can slide her foot into it. Then use rubber gloves (like the cleaning ones) to ease the stocking up her leg.

The socks should start out inside out (except the foot) and basically roll up her leg. Yes, they're a major pain to put on, but they really will keep her legs healthier.  (+ info)

How to get rid of feet and ankle swelling from edema?


My uncle has been suffering from edema for about over a year. His feet and ankles are swelled up and it is very hard for him to move around. He has tried everything from trying to limit salt intake to even wearing compression stockings. Is there anything he can do to get rid of this extra fluid in his feet and ankles?
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Many times a doctor will give a diuretic for that. It's a medication that makes you pee. Has he tried that?

Does he have heart or kidney problems?  (+ info)

Is there an allergy to cold weather causing edema or swelling?


Hello. I'm just wondering about cold urticaria. I've read it shows symptoms of skin irritation and breathing difficulty. What about edema induced by cold temperatures? Is there such an allergy? What's it called?
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I am putting in a reference to different type of hives. Cold urticaria is one of them. I had hives for 10 years and finally got rid of them by going on a gluten free diet following a diagnosis of celiac disease which is an intolerance to the gluten found in wheat, rye and barley. You can get tested with blood work and possibly an endoscopy. If those tests are negative, you might try one or two months on a gluten free diet to see if it helps.

Good luck, Hives are a pain.  (+ info)

why do laryngeal cancer patients clear their throat so much?


i mean obviously they feel a lump in their throat

but is clearing your throat invouluntary? what i mean is, they know that by clearing their throat that the lump isnt going anywhere, but they continue to do it anyway?

my grandfather has laryngeal cancer, he always keeps his mouth moist and what not, but is always clearing his throat and spitting.
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Does anyone know what I can do about pitted edema in my legs?


I currently have no health insurance, hopefully that will change soon. I have swelling in my legs, through some research I've discovered I have pitted edema. Is there anything I can do to treat myself at home until I get insurance. What happens if it goes untreated?
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Dont self diagnose!!! The only thing that that will accomplish is scaring yourself!!! Go to a free clinic by your house and have it diagnosed there.... hopefully they can give you some tips on how to treat it and take care of it. Good luck!  (+ info)

What to do/eat when having edema during pregnancy?


My ankles have been swollen for a few days now, sometimes my legs get swollen up too and sometimes not. I have been told to elevate my legs while resting, sleep on my left side, and drink lots of water, and minimize my salt intake. My doctor has also given me some gel that is supposed to absorb some of the water in my legs.

Do you know any diet that I can follow to reduce the swelling? What did you do if you have ever experienced edema during your pregnancy? I am 6 months pregnant now.
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I was basically told the same things with my first. Salt is the major thing. Check the ingrediants before eating anything you will be surprised at what you may find. No soda or caffiene is what i was told as it can make it worse. And fill a gallon jug up of water and make urself drink it before you allow yourself to drink anything else. This is what i did with my first and it really seemed to help. Also wear lose fitting cloths and rest whenever you can. hope this helps.  (+ info)

what's the difference between apoplexy and cerebral edema?


i know apoplexy means sudden death but i want the clear explanation of both.is apoplexy similar to cerebral edema?Bruce lee died because of cerebral edema or apoplexy?
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Apoplexy is due to sudden rupture of intracranial artery that cause severe brain hemorrhage while cerebral edema is due to swelling of brain tissue by fluid due to many causes  (+ info)

What are the clinical findings of a person that has pulmonary edema?


I know what it is....PLEASE don't cut and paste long article. Please. just wondering if anyone knows some of the things you would look for. someone could develop pulmonary edema pretty fast, huh? you would hear crackles/rales and hear a lub-dub-dub (3 sounds) heart beat. am i right? what r some of the other things you might find-if they were developing it fast?
or if you suspected it? what would make u suspect it?
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Shortness of breath. , Drop in 02 sats.
Some patients become disoriented from the lack of oxygen,, combative if you can believe it.
Your would hear rales (crackles) in ALL lung fields.
A gurgling sound at the back of the throat.
Decreased 02 sats. nails beds would take on a blue to purple tint,
extremities become mottled. Progresses to pink frothy secretions from the mouth and sometimes the nose. Confirmed on a CXR ( but lets face it any healthcare professional will know without it)

Immediate administration of lasix, foley catheter to monitor output.
Intubation is seriously considered at this point.  (+ info)

What is the cause of the peripheral edema that often manifests with glomerulonephritis and nephrotic syndrome?


What is the cause of the peripheral edema that often manifests with glomerulonephritis and nephrotic syndrome?

A. Systemic inflammation

B. Right heart failure

C. Loss of plasma proteins in urine

D. Sodium retention
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