Leg Lymphedema Sympyoms

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Leg Lymphedema Sympyoms

Leg lymphedema symptoms

     Leg lymphedema symptoms occur when condition of lymphedema develops in the body. Lymphatic system of the body is vital in controlling defense of the human body. Lymph is a type of fluid which carries substances such as proteins and white blood cells throughout the body while filtration through the lymph nodes. Lymphedema occurs when ever there is any type of lymphatic blockage in the lymphatic channels of the body. It happens to occur in any part of the body but most commonly it appears in the extremities such as arms and legs especially beneath the level of the chest.

     You should avoid scratching or cutting yourself. If this happens, wash the area well and apply an antiseptic lotion or cream. If the cut is deep and needs to be covered, use a minimal amount of tape to keep the bandage. If you notice that the area gets red or heals hard, contact your family doctor as soon as possible. On the occurrence of infection you may be given antibiotics.

     Leg lymphedema symptoms include swelling which usually starts from the level of feet, involving the ankles and then knees. There is a feeling of heaviness and discomfort in the affected part. Pain starts to set in as the swelling increases and become severe. There are tingling sensations and feeling of numbness. In early stages puffiness begin to appear. It may seem to disappear on elevation of leg on the bed. But when the leg is returned onto the bed the swelling starts to reappear. As time passes, the swelling does not disappear even after elevation of affected leg. This depicts that the condition is becoming severe.

     There are also various structural changes taking place in the skin of the affected part of the limb. The skin becomes rough & fibrosed and appears thickened. The affected person appears to have feeling of tightness and pain. The flexibility as well as the range of mobility of the leg is decreased a great extent. The swelling appears to be pitted when ever pressure is being applied on it. Leg lymphedema symptoms most commonly occur on one side of the body but can rarely affect both the limbs.

     In addition to all these leg lymphedema symptoms, the affected person also has an increased risk of developing skin infections. This infection may appear in the affected swollen leg. The skin may show the cardinal signs of inflammation. The patient may complaint of severe pain, fever and flu like symptoms.

     Leg lymphedema symptoms if are not cured in time may get worsened. They then become difficult to treat. Medications never provide the best cure. The options for the treatment of these leg lymphedema symptoms include regular exercises causing emptying of the legs. Other options are using elastic bandages, compression stockings and pneumatic pumping devices which help in emptying of the legs. Another treatment is the elevation of leg in bed which prevents the accumulation of the lymphatic fluid in a particular space.

     Leg lymphedema symptoms occur after any traumatic injury to the limb or after some surgery on that limb. It can be prevented by taking simple precautions. After surgery regular exercise of the limb should be done. The limb is not to be rested for a very long time. Thus, early mobilization is preferred. Walking for some distance after getting operated is advised. Elevation of the leg above the level of heart also prevents the accumulation of lymph in that particular part of the body.

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