Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Underlying Cause Anatomy

Leg Swelling (one leg) Overview

Another name for Leg Swelling (one leg) is Leg Swelling (unilateral).

What is leg swelling (unilateral)?
A person with leg swelling (unilateral) has enlargement of the leg, caused by excess fluid that has collected in the leg. Leg swelling may occur in one leg (unilateral) or in both legs (bilateral).

What are the symptoms of leg swelling (unilateral)?
Symptoms that occur with leg swelling (unilateral) may include pitting edema, weight gain, fever, skin redness, skin swelling, skin tenderness, and swollen lymph glands in the groin.

How does the doctor treat leg swelling (unilateral)?
The treatment for leg swelling (unilateral) depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for leg swelling (unilateral) may include elastic support hose, leg elevation, a low salt diet, weight loss, and diuretics. Additional treatment may include warm compresses, antibiotics and blood thinners.

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