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A. Schuyler, NP
A. Schuyler, NP, Nurse Practitioner
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Experience:  Board Certified NP, MS, RN. 25 years private practice & hospitalist
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My feet and legs swelling up skin turning red sensitive to

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my feet and legs swelling up skin turning red sensitive to touch
JA: How long have you had the symptoms? What seems to make the symptoms worse or better?
Customer: 2 weeks feet longer
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: no
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 8 months ago.


Welcome to Just Answer. My name is***** am reading your question and will be back with you ASAP.

Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 8 months ago.

Can you tell me more?

How old are you?

What medications do you take regularly?

What is your height and weight?


Customer: replied 8 months ago.
age 61,no meds weight 285
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 8 months ago.

Thanks for the additional information. There are several causes of swelling and redness in legs. Among them are cellulitis, a bacterial infection of the legs. It can become serious and lead to sepsis, so it needs to be evaluated so antibiotics can be started.

Another reason is failing valves in the leg vessels of the legs that allows fluid to leak out of the blood into the tissues.

Blood clots are a less likely cause since it is occurring in both legs.

Still other possibilities are heart failure, liver or kidney problems.

Another factor might be weight, unless you happen to be over 7 feet tall. For normal weight, a man 6 feet tall tops out at about 184 pounds, women a little less.

As you can see, it can get quite complicated and needs to be checked out by your primary provider who can run tests to determine the cause. Without testing there is no way to determine the cause.

Please let me know if I can provide any more information about this.

Kind regards,

NP Schuyler


Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 8 months ago.
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