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Experience:  Board Certified NP, MS, RN. 25 years private practice & hospitalist
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I have had severe swelling in my leg . a couple days ago my

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I have had severe swelling in my leg for years. a couple days ago my daughter scratched my leg and it it has been leaking a clear fluid sense. no redness or hotness just leaking.
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Customer: I am obese, on several meds, hyperthyroidism, metabolic syndrome, I am taking Lasix now
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 6 months ago.
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Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 6 months ago.
One of the main causes of leaking fluid from swollen legs is incompetent valves in the veins of the legs. This allows blood to fall back toward the ankles when the heart is in rest between beats. The fluid pools in the lower extremities and sometimes leaks out without any injury at all. Constant leaking can result in ulcers called stasis ulcers (because the fluid is static, not going anywhere). The specialist you need to see for this is a vascular specialist. They can run tests on your legs to see if this is what is causing the swelling. Other causes can be liver disease, kidney disease, or congestive heart failure. There is no way we can provide a diagnosis without some testing, so you will need to see your local providers. Please let me know if you have additional questions about this. Kind regards, ***** *****~