There are many reasons why our hands, legs, arms or feet may swell up. Sodium intake, bug bites and even an injury can all result in swelling of the skin. Another reason why our skin may swell is due to excess fluid trapped in the tissues of the body. When this occurs it is referred to as edema.
Although most commonly found in hand, feet, legs and arms, edema can occur anywhere in the body. If you’re concerned about swelling, here is all you need to know about edema.
Excess fluid can build up due to medications, pregnancy or even heart disease. Edema can be mild or severe and additional causes can result from:
Although edema can be caused by other factors and exist on its own, it can also be a symptom to more severe illnesses including:
To recognize edema, here are the symptoms:
If symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing occur it is advised you seek out medical attention.
If you are on hypertension medications, certain diabetes medications, regularly take NSAIDs, use steroid drugs or estrogen, you increase your risk of developing edema.
Additionally, if you already have heart failure, kidney damage or liver disease, your risk of developing edema also increases.
If edema is mild, treatment is not necessary, as it will go away on its own. If edema is severe the use of diuretics to expel the excess fluid may be necessary.
There are many lifestyle changes you can make and practice at home to help lower your risk of edema and even prevent it. They are:
These are easy home remedy tips to practice when treating edema on your own.
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