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I have varicose veins. They have become swollen and

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I have varicose veins. They have become swollen and uncomfortable. I am using a pressure sock and taking ibuprofen. It isnt hurting as it was yesterday. the swelling seems to have spread. Any ideas? I am elevating it when I can.
JA: Any recent injuries? How long have you been dealing with the swelling?
Customer: no recent injuries, swelling, a since yesterday
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: not really was home sick last week and not as active as i usually am......
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 10 months ago.

Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
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The swelling can spread as the fluid does not get reabsorbed fast from under the skin.
Due to the poor veins, the leaked fluid tends to stay longer and spread.
You should continue with compression stockings and leg elevation as much as possible.
If pain worsens, then bacterial infection should be ruled out.

Low dose diuretic like Lasix can be used to remove the fluid.
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