Edema is a swelling disorder caused by trapped excess fluids in a person’s body. It could possibly be a temporary result of an injury or, in women’s cases, during their pregnancy. However, it could also be the result from a heart, kidney, lung or liver disease or a side effect of a certain medication.
There are two types of edema: Central (Internal) and Peripheral. Central Edema can occur as a result of an internal organ disorder such as Pneumonia or Tuberculosis in Lungs or Hepatitis in the liver area. Peripheral Edema, on the other hand, is usually found at the ankles, feet, legs, arms and hands.
You can do these necessary steps in order to reduce it.
Identify first whether it’s truly an Edema
The Peripheral kind usually occurs in these five places: ankles, feet, legs, arms and hands. If you notice that these areas are somehow puffy and shiny than it usually looks, there’s a possibility that you have it. If you press those parts and the ‘pitting’ or the mark of your pressure stays for at least a few seconds, you have a ‘pitting’ Peripheral type.
If you experience shortness of breathing, however, there’s a chance that you have Central Edema.
Change your Lifestyle and Diet to Reduce your Condition
If you have an Edema, eating salty foods in excessive way worsens it so it’s definitely a no-no. Aside from reducing salt intake, eating nutritious (less salty and fatty) foods, along with regular exercise, is a must. Drink 6-8 glasses of water every day and avoid caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.
Try Natural (and Less-Cost) Remedies
Any kind of tea (except Dandelion Root Tea) can help reduce edema and antioxidants (in some foods) strengthen the veins so make sure that you take it regularly. Acupuncture, body and water massage also helps.
In case of Central (Internal) Edema
If you confirm that you have it because of the given symptoms, consult your physician immediately. Just take prescriptions under your doctor’s supervision.