sounds like "pedal edema" or "pitting edema" when you push on the leg does it leave an indintation for a moment then slowly go back to normal? the main cause for water retention signs in your legs is CHF or "congestive heart failure" see a doctor.. most likely the drug they will prescribe is lasix aka water pill.
Yes, low oncotic blood pressure is a major cause of dependent pitting edema. Proteins in the blood exert an oncotic pull on blood serum which keeps the serum within the blood vessels. A loss of these proteins decreases the ability of the blood to keep serum within the blood vessels and the serum will leak out into the interstitial space. Gravity then pulls the edema fluid downward into the legs.
I can only guess at what you mean by "pitting edema". If you are describing the looks of the legs, then you need to take your dog into see your local Veterinarian. Sounds like a bite abscess or some other type of infection. Could even be demodex mange gone to the extreme in the skin. That is why you need to take your dog into the Veterinarian to have the problem looked at and treated. Do not try to treat it yourself.
Yes it will cause horrible swelling ( edema ) all over your body
Peripheral edema is your extremeties, hands, feet, arms and legs. Peripheral edema usually affects feet and legs.
Edema is also known by Anasarca, a much generalized form of enema.
Fluid can accumulate in certain areas of the body, most notably the ankles and lower legs. This is called edema. I would also say the fluid can collect in the lungs causing pneumonia. Drowning is also a cause of negative effects.
Dependent swelling, meaning of any body part lower than the heart, (of any amount) has two primary causes which are linked together:effect of gravity on a dependent positionpoor venous returnEveryday people can sometimes have minor swelling, such as around the ankles after working all day. Sitting for long periods can increase swelling. Of more serious edema (swelling), especially pitting edema (+1 to +3), the primary cause in most cases is impaired circulation, specifically poor venous return to the heart. Again, because of gravity, the legs and feet are usually affected first. Any number of conditions and diseases can cause edema to develop. Pregnancy is usually a self-limiting cause-- meaning, the edema stops after the birth of the baby. Other conditions, like Heart disease, are not self-limiting, often cause chronic edema, and usually need medication intervention or treating the underlying condition. Edema is a symptom of a condition or disease.
1) Fluid on the legs, called edema, is usually a symptom of disease elsewhere in the body. Often, cardiac disease (heart trouble) is the cause. Other times it might be a kidney condition.. 2) The legs are swollen and tender. If anyone pokes a finger into the swollen area, the area compressed does not immediately swell back up. This response is called "pitting." 3) You can treat the symptom (the edema) with diuretic drugs, sometimes called "water pills." Diuretics cause the kidneys to work harder & produce more urine, so the person who takes a diuretic will urinate (pee) more often. 4) Treating the cause is more complicated. First there will be tests to figure out what condition is causing the fluid on the legs (edema). Then a treatment plan has to be worked out. There is not always a simple explanation or treatment. 5) It is important to treat the edema, even though it is a symptom, because the water settles in the legs due to gravity, but the fluid in the legs means there is excess fluid in other parts of the body as well, and this makes the heart and other organs work harder, which puts a strain on them.
a form of edema
Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body's tissues. Although edema can affect any part of your body, it's most commonly noticed in your hands, arms, feet, ankles and legs. Edema can be the result of underlying medical conditions, certain medications or pregnancy. Identifying and treating the underlying cause of edema is key to effectively controlling it. Self-care measures coupled with medication that removes excess fluid usually can effectively treat edema.
The test for dehydration is pinching the skin and letting it go. If it stays up, like a tent, you are likely dehydrated. The best testing spot is on the back of the arm above the wrist. Pressing the skin tests for 2 things: return of color for how well blood flows into the area; and for "pitting edema" when the skin stays pressed in when there is swelling. Skin naturally "turns white" when pressed but returns to pink (or red if pressed too hard) within seconds of being released. "Pitting edema" is assessed on a scale of 1 to 3 and is based on how fast the skin spings back up in an area with obvious swelling. The edema test is typically done on the ankles, lower legs, and tops of feet since this is where most swelling occurs. True pitting edema only occurs in persons with kidney or heart ailments or impaired circulation to the lower extremities.