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My wife is 84 years old takes BP medications ankles at times

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my wife is 84 years old takes BP medications ankles at times swell and then seem to ooze water(?) or body liquid what causes this
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Josh replied 11 months ago.


Myself Dr Josh. and I’m happy to help with your question today.Please provide me the following information so that I can address your concern-

Since how many years is she diagnosed with high blood pressure?

Does she have diabetes or any other medical condition?

Waiting for your reply…

Thank you.

Kind Regards


Customer: replied 11 months ago.
BP probably 20 years
no diabetes
copd,back problems had surgery on back three times
Expert:  Dr Josh replied 11 months ago.

Dear customer

Thank you for the quick reply.

The symptoms you have described about your 84 year old wife having swelling in ankles & oozing liquid is medically called as edema feet.The most common cause of edema foot are:Prolonged standing,long journeys,increased age,venous insufficiency,varicose veins,certain medications.Edema foot(swelling in foot) can also be due to heart failure, kidney failure, or liver failure.

She need following tests:

-Liver function tests(LFT)
-Kidney function test(KFT)
-Cardiac function test(CFT)
-Complete urine examination.
-Serum albumin & globulin levels.

The root cause is to be find out & then treatment is done according to the cause.

Following will help her greatly:

-A low-salt diet is recommended.

-Avoid excess fluid intake.It usually helps.

-A low dose of a diuretic (water pill) may be prescribed accordingly.

- Elevation of leg & applying ice will relieve your symptoms temporarily.

-Symptomatic treatment is done accordingly.

So bot***** *****ne is that your wife is having edema feet & she needs the above described tests to rule out any underlying medical condition & then treatment will be done accordingly.So she need to get consulted by her physician.Till then follow the above measures.This will help her greatly.

Thank you.

Hope this helped.

Is there is anything else that you would like to know.I am happy to address your follow-up questions. Please use the REPLY BUTTON to reply back to me

Kind Regards


Expert:  Dr Josh replied 11 months ago.


Just checking in to see how things are going.How is your wifes' edema/swelling in foot now?

Do you need further assistance?Is there anything else that you would like to know?

Please use the REPLY BUTTON to reply back to me.I am happy to help you.

Thank you.

Kind Regards