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Vicki58 Vicki58

My feet and ankles are swollen

Two days ago, I was bitten by a mosquito twice on each leg by my knee. My feet and ankles started to swell about an hour later. The next morning, they were swollen much more. If I elevated my feet, the swelling goes down. As soon as I stand, the swelling comes back. I thought this had to do with a bug bite because of the timing of it. But, since I have MVP (Mitral Valve Prolapse) and heart palpitations, I'm concerned of heart failure. I have an appt. with my doctor in two weeks, but am wondering if I should go to emergency. I'm not too sure that emergency can actually diagnose this. 

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  • grace25994 grace25994 Vicki58

    I wish I could be of more help, but if it were me I would go to the ER. If it

    is your heart the ER doctors should be able to get you into a Heart Doctor very quick. IMO 2 weeks is too long to wait for this type of condiction.

    Please keep us up-dated.

  • hypercat hypercat Vicki58

    Hi I think you might have posted this on the wrong site as this is one is for lung disease.   Try posting it on the heart site. 

    What you need to do is remember RICE.  Rest,  ice,  compression,  and elevation.  Get a bag of frozen peas or something,  wrap them in a tea towel or pillow case,  and hold it against your ankles for up to 20 minutes at a time,   Keep your feet elevated whilst you are doing this. 

    After 20 minutes stop doing it,  wait 10 minutes then repeat.   You can also buy compression bandages from the chemist which will also help.

    Another source of help is your local pharmacist so why not pop in and have a word?   If in doubt though I would ring up your doctors and ask for a telephone call back.  I know they do this in the UK but not sure which country you are in.  

    If at any time your ankles go red or feel sore go straight to A and E (or your doctors) as it could be a blood clot which is a medical emergency.  .


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