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What are the side effects of filarial lymphedema?

Hi Doctor, I am nisha. My husband is not feeling well. he is 31 years old and he is having swelling in both legs (foot) without any pain and all the tests are normal (Sugar, BP, Urea and Vascular scan-Venous doppler scan). Doctor s said that it was filarial lymphedema. and also he is having breathing problem. even he is not able to sleep properly. and he is having pain in his upper stomach part feeling like something hard in his stomach. please advice whether its curable.what type of physician should I have to contact for this type of issues.
Wed, 10 Apr 2019
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Hello,

Filarial lymphedema is a curable condition and occurs due to parasitic infection. if untreated it can lead to complications in the vascular supply and also lead to easy infection.

Since it's curable by the medical treatment you can contact the vascular surgeon for the same. Post having a clinical examination he can be treated with medication for the same.

using lower limb stocking can help reduce the swelling and keeping it elevated over a pillow.

Manage the water intake and output so the swelling doesn't occur much and also avoid the cardiac overload. simple ankle toe movement's with straight leg raise will even be helpful to rescue the swelling.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Jay Indravadan Patel, Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist
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