A Hollow Appears In The Skin When The Old Press Returns To Its Original Position?
Doctor, I’m 31 weeks pregnant. I am 27 years old and this is my first pregnancy. Why do I press my foot in the shape of a dimple and take a long time to return to its original state. Only my right leg, and my leg is not swollen. I wonder why? Thank you
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The appearance of a hollow in the skin when pressed for a long time back to its original level can be classified as pitting edema.
Edema itself is defined as seepage of interstitial fluid due to excess fluid that triggers swelling. Often, the swelling that appears is so minimal that it is not easily visible to the naked eye. Edema can be classified into 2, namely:
Pitting edema: edema which when pressed will form the old basin back to normal
Non-pitting edema: edema which, when pressed, does not cause a depression in the skin
Pitting edema in the legs is commonly experienced by pregnant women due to insufficient blood flow from the lower leg to the heart due to the pressure of the growing fetus. This condition causes a lot of body fluids to accumulate in the lower body area, making it prone to leakage and edema. This condition can be more pronounced when you sit too much, bend your legs, walk too long, or wear clothes that are too tight. Usually, complaints will be more striking when the gestational age is large enough, namely the third trimester. Swelling that occurs purely as a result of this condition is usually harmless, and will improve with the following steps:
Get more rest
Wear comfortable, loose clothing
Elevate your legs while sleeping while straightening them so that blood flow becomes smoother
Avoid using high heels
Also avoid doing activities that are prone to triggering edema (as mentioned above) too much
Compress the swollen leg with warm water
Do not provide careless handling of swollen feet
Besides being a result of normal conditions during pregnancy, pitting edema can also indicate a disease, such as impaired liver, heart, or kidney function. You can go straight to a doctor or gynecologist to determine if the swelling you are experiencing is mild or dangerous and needs further treatment.
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