Leg swelling : When to see a doctor?
- Chest pain lasting more than a few minutes
- Difficulty breathing
- Fainting or dizziness
Also, seek immediate care if your leg swelling:
- Occurs for no apparent reason
- Is related to a physical injury, such as from a fall, a sports injury or a car accident
Nonemergency problems related to leg swelling still need prompt care. Leg swelling that is the side effect of a drug can look just like leg swelling caused by a kidney disorder. Make an appointment as soon as possible so that your doctor can diagnose the underlying problem.
Before your appointment, consider the following tips:
- Put a pillow under your legs when lying down, which may lessen swelling related to the buildup of fluid.
- If you need to stand or sit for long periods, give yourself frequent breaks and move around, unless the movement causes pain.
- Don't stop taking a prescription medication without talking to your doctor, even if you suspect it may be causing leg swelling.
- Over-the-counter (nonprescription) pain medication may lessen painful swelling.