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Edema Treatment

Edema treatment using herbs can reduce the swelling that occurs as a result of accumulation of fluid in the tissues. The fluid can fill the tissues so much that the area can appear swollen and feel tight and painful. Edema most often occurs in the feet, legs and ankles, although it can happen anywhere in the body, including the internal organs, such as lungs. There are several types of edema: anasarca edema, which is generalized swelling all over the body; dependent or peripheral edema, which is swelling in the legs, ankles and feet; peri-orbital edema, which is swelling around the eyes; corneal edema, which is swelling of the cornea in the eye; and pre-eclampsia, which is a problem that occurs in approximately 5% of pregnant women that results in high blood pressure, edema and protein in the urine.


Symptoms of edema include swelling of the area affected, such as lower legs, abdomen, face, unexplained weight gain, puffiness in the face, tightness of rings on the fingers or of shoes on the feet, an enlarged abdominal girth and pitting edema (the persistence of indentation of the skin after pressure is applied) and shortness of breath.


Edema can be caused by conditions that affect protein levels in the blood. Kidney disease, liver disease, malnutrition, injury or surgical procedures and hormonal imbalances are examples of such conditions. Other causes can be heart failure, sedentary lifestyle and too much salt in diet. Swollen ankles & fingers are common in hot weather.


Edema is often a symptom of a serious underlying problem, such as AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, congestive heart failure or diabetes. If swelling is uncomfortable or stays longer than a day or two, see your doctor.

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