Oedema

Description of Oedema

Description
 
Oedema is the medical term used for swelling caused by fluids in the body's tissues. It usually occurs in the feet, ankles, and legs, but it can involve your entire body.
 
Causes and Risk Factors
 
Causes of oedema include:
1.  Eating too much salt
2. Sunburn
3. Heart failure
4. Kidney disease
5. Liver problems from cirrhosis
6. Pregnancy
7. Problems with lymph nodes, especially after mastectomy
8. Some medicines
9. Standing or walking a lot when the weather is warm
 
Signs and Symptoms 
 
Common symptoms include:
1. Swelling and puffiness in the skin
2. Stretched skin
3. Increased overall size
4. Shortness of breath
 
Prevention
 
Preventive measures:
1. To keep swelling down, keep your legs raised when sitting
2. Limit salt intake 
3. Avoid tight clothing 
 
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Last updated on:
10 Jan 2018 | 02:44 PM (IST)
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