What is edema?

Edema is swelling caused by the accumulation of fluid in the body. Edema usually affects the feet, ankles and legs, although it can occur anywhere in the body.

Symptoms of edema

The main symptoms of edema are:

  • Stretched, shiny-looking skin.
  • Swelling.
  • Feeling of heaviness or even pain.

Causes of edema

Edema is caused by problems in the circulation. Therefore, many of the causes of edema have to do with habits that hinder proper circulation:

  • Consuming too much salt
  • Heart failure
  • Sitting for a long time or standing for a long time.
  • Pregnancy
  • Consumption of certain medications
  • Sunburn
  • Liver problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Lymph node problems

Can edema develop?

There is no way to detect edema before it appears and thus avoid or prevent it. Therefore, the way to prevent edema is to maintain good circulation and avoid possible kidney and liver problems.

Treatment of edema

The best way to treat edema is to treat the cause directly. It is very important to treat edema because, in addition to the fact that the uncomfortable symptoms will not subside, the skin may continue to stretch.

Your doctor will usually recommend diuretic treatment and prescribe other ways to reduce swelling, such as keeping your legs elevated or wearing special support stockings.

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