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What could be the cause for swelling in my hands and feet?

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I have a very fit 21 year old daughter. But her hands and feet regularly feel swollen and hot. Standing a long time of course makes it worse. But her hands swell even while playing the piano. She said she doesn't think it is affected by her menstrual cycle. She eats healthy and doesn't overdo salt intake. She does a lot of cardio exercise to avoid the blotchy legs.
Posted Fri, 31 Jan 2014 in Medicines and Side Effects
Answered by Dr. Sudhir 59 minutes later
Brief Answer: Symptoms indicate peripheral edema. Detailed Answer: Hello, Welcome to XXXXXXX Your daughter's symptoms indicate peripheral edema.There are many causes which can cause this. Causes related to heart,liver,kidney, anemia,hypoproteinemia and issues related to blood vessels can lead to such edema.Such edema is only symptom in initial stages and patient can do all activities very well. Though she is afraid of doctors, ideal step would be to see doctor.On clinical evaluation doctor can rule out most causes.Few investigations would be needed to determine the underlying cause. Treatment will depend on diagnosis. Hope this answers your question.Please ask if there are doubts.Regards.
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