Oedema

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Last Updated: 04 May 2022

Oedema is a build-up of fluid in the body which causes the affected tissue to become puffy. If an oedema doesn't clear by itself, you should see your GP. As swelling or puffiness of the skin, if you have oedema, you might also experience other symptoms consisting of: skin discolouration; areas of skin that temporarily hold the imprint of your finger when pressed; hurting, tender arm or legs; rigid joints; weight gain. Treating your oedema might include taking medicine or complying with some recommendations, such as: slimming down; taking routine exercise, such as strolling, swimming or cycling; elevating your legs 3 to 4 times a day to improve your blood circulation; avoiding standing for extended periods of time. Liquid retention occurs when the fluid isn't gotten rid of from the tissues. Symptoms of fluid retention can include: swelling of affected body components; aching of affected body components; stiff joints; rapid weight gain over a couple of days or weeks; inexplicable weight variations; when pushed, the skin may hold the indent for a couple of secs; in other cases, the skin may not hold an indent when pushed. Some of the many common root causes of liquid retention include: gravity, standing up for lengthy periods of time enables fluid to pool' in the tissues of the lower leg; hot climate, the body often tends to be less efficient at eliminating liquid from tissues throughout the summer season; burns, consisting of sunburn. See a general practitioner if it does not get better in a couple of days. Swelling in the feet, ankle joints and legs is usually triggered by a build-up of fluid in these areas, called oedema. Oedema is usually caused by: standing or resting in the same setting for too long; eating too much salted food; being overweight; being pregnant; taking specific medications, such as some high blood pressure medications, contraceptive pills, hormonal agent therapy, antidepressants or steroids. Oedema can be caused by: an injury, such as a pressure or strain; an insect bite or sting; troubles with your kidneys, liver or heart; an embolism; an infection. Symptoms of oedema consist of.

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