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Edema

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What is Edema?

Edema is a medical condition where the body retains excess fluid, causing swelling. It’s also known as oedema, water retention, dropsy, and hydropsy.

Edema can occur in different parts of the body: below the skin (subcutaneous), in the abdomen (ascites), around the eyes (periorbital), in the feet and legs (peripheral edema) and under the tongue (stomatitis).

What are the types of Edema?

Edema, or swelling, can be categorized in a number of different ways.

Peripheral Edema

Peripheral edema is the swelling of the extremities; in the hands and feet. It can be caused by a variety of conditions, including heart failure, liver problems, and kidney disease.

Peripheral edema occurs in your arms and legs, but not your face. It typically happens after an injury or surgery and is typically caused by a build-up of fluid between the cells in your tissues.

Pulmonary Edema

Pulmonary edema occurs when your lungs fill with fluid and make it hard to breathe. This condition is often caused by heart failure or high blood pressure.

Cerebral Edema

Cerebral edema is a buildup of fluid in the brain, which can cause headaches and other symptoms like confusion and difficulty concentrating. It’s usually caused by head trauma or bleeding around the brain after an accident or stroke.

Macular Edema

Macular edema is swelling that affects the macula, which is part of your retina that allows you to see things in detail close up. This condition can lead to blurred vision or blindness if it isn’t treated quickly!

What are the causes of Edema?

Edema occurs when there is an imbalance between the amount of fluid that enters a tissue space and the amount that escapes. This imbalance can be caused by:

  • Increased blood flow to an area, which increases fluid accumulation.
  • Increased hydrostatic pressure (the pressure exerted by blood on blood vessels), which causes fluid to leak into surrounding tissue spaces.
  • Decreased lymphatic drainage (the movement of lymphatic fluid through lymphatic vessels), which leads to increased edema formation by increasing hydrostatic pressure within lymphatic vessels.

What are the symptoms of Edema?

The most common symptom of edema is swelling in your hands and feet, which may be accompanied by pain and discomfort in those areas. Other symptoms include:

  • Swelling in the face or extremities (arms and legs)
  • Pitting edema (when pressure is applied to a swollen area, an indentation remains)
  • Swelling in fingertips and toes
  • Swelling of the legs and ankles
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue

What are the risk factors for Edema?

There are several risk factors that may contribute to edema, especially if you’re older. Some of these risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease

How to Treat Edema at Home?

Treatment depends on the cause of edema. In most cases, you can treat edema at home by addressing any underlying conditions and making lifestyle changes to prevent it from recurring.

Here are some tips for treating edema at home:

Reduce salt intake:

Avoid processed foods, which often contain high levels of sodium. Ask your doctor about a low-sodium diet if you have heart failure or kidney disease.

Drink more water

Drinking enough water keeps your body hydrated and helps eliminate excess fluid through urine production and perspiration. Water also helps flush toxins out of your body through the kidneys.

Apply cold compress

Applying a cold compress over the affected area can help reduce swelling in the short term by constricting blood vessels near affected areas (this is called vasoconstriction).

You can apply a cold compress using an ice pack wrapped in a towel or cloth wrung out in cold water; alternatively, you can use a refrigerated gel pack or even frozen vegetables such as carrots or celery sticks (which will have less effect on surrounding tissues).

Can You Prevent Edema?

Yes! It’s possible to prevent edema.

First, it’s important to stay hydrated. You should drink at least eight glasses of water per day (but more if you’re active).

Second, take care not to stand up too quickly after sitting down for long periods of time—this puts pressure on your legs and increases blood flow there, which can cause swelling if done too often throughout the day!

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What are the treatments for Edema?

There are several treatments for edema.

The most common is diuretics, which help your body get rid of excess fluid. For example, one common diuretic is Lasix, which you can take orally or inject.

Another treatment is compression stockings or sleeves, which help prevent swelling by keeping blood from pooling in your legs and ankles.

If you have severe edema, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove excess fluid from your body.

What are the exercises for Edema?

The exercises for edema are as follows:

Water aerobics

Swimming and water aerobics are great for your cardiovascular system and help to reduce edema.

Walking

Walking is a great way to improve your overall health and reduce edema. It’s easy on your joints and muscles, which makes it a great choice if you have an injury or other physical limitations.

Stretching

Stretching can help to increase the flexibility of your muscles, which will allow them to move more easily through their full range of motion. This can help prevent muscle strain or injury during exercise or everyday activities such as walking up stairs or carrying groceries from the car into the house.”

Explanation of Recommended Orthotic Device

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What brace is best for Edema?

If you have edema, you may experience swelling, pain, and discomfort in your ankles and feet.

A wrap-around ankle brace will help compress the area around your ankle which helps reduce swelling and relieve pain.

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