CHF Overview - What To Do About It: Part 6
6 - Take Care Of Those Swollen Legs
take care of those swollen legs
if you have chf, you have extra water in your body
on top of that, chf water has chemicals in it that are bad for skin
those water meanies eat
away at your leg skin
they make the skin dark,
usually brown or purple
then hard, crusty
patches can form
finally, you can get venous stasis ulcers, or "swelling sores"
if you see any of this happening, tell the doctor right away!
stop the problem
in its tracks!
because once swelling problems start -
they can last for years
leg swelling stretches
making skin thin and weak
swelling is bad for the skin on your lower legs
another problem that can happen with
swollen legs is a cellulitis infection
the skin on your legs turns red
the skin gets warm or hot.
when someone touches it, it hurts!
if one of your legs are red,
painful when touched,
call the doctor right away!
because cellulitis infections can
get worse fast -> spread to your blood
-> and put you in the hospital