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How dangerous is it to have swollen feet,ankles and lower part of legs for three days or longer?

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  • Dr. Chris January 21, 2011

    It depends on the cause of the swelling. In certain chronic kidney and heart conditions, as well as venous insufficiency, the swelling could persist for months or even years without jeopardizing your health immediately.

    Prolonged swelling does increase the chances of complications like dermatitis, ulcers and infections like cellulitis. Therefore it is important to identify the cause and treat it as soon as possible. With some of the chronic conditions mentioned above, treatment will have to be over a long period of time and the swelling may not go down for weeks if not longer. At times it can persist despite having settled significantly.

    The immediate focus should be on preventing any complications. Tend to any injuries. Speak to your doctor about the cause and what measures you can take apart from the medication that you are using. This could include dietary changes, exercise and elevating the legs. Do not undertake any of these changes without first speaking to your doctor.


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