What is Edema?

Edema is a medical condition that is caused when the extra fluid is trapped in your body’s tissues. This can be the consequence of some medications, or it can happen during pregnancy. Other medical conditions can trigger Edema, such as congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or cirrhosis of the liver. Edema can affect any part of your body but most are seen in arms, legs, ankles, and feet.

What are the Symptoms of Edema?

  • The symptoms of Edema are very similar to other ailments. So if you develop any of the following symptoms, a check-up needs to be done to identify if it is Edema or any other ailment which is causing these signs.
  • Swelling is one of the main symptoms of Edema. In case you notice any swelling in your legs, arms, foot, or in any other part of the body, there is a possibility that you are suffering from this condition. The puffiness under the skin, or stretch and shiny skin in your legs and arms is also one of the symptoms of Edema. Sudden increases in abdominal size may also be caused by Edema

What are the Causes of Edema?

Several factors may cause Edema. A few of the obvious factors are sitting for a long time or staying in one position for too long, consuming a lot of salty food, liver cirrhosis, congestive heart failure, and/or kidney failure. Pregnant women can also develop this condition as the body produces extra fluid during pregnancy which may lead to edema in the hands, legs, face, or ankle. Edma is also considered one of the early premenstrual signs.

When to see a Doctor?

If you are suffering from swelling, stretched or shiny skin then you should see a doctor. Also if you are experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath then without any further delay visit a doctor. During pregnancy these are normal and if you don’t face any severe difficulties then no need to call your physician.

Lifestyle Prevention of Edema

Preventing Edema can be possible by following some basic steps. Staying physically active is a very important preventive measure to avoid Edema. Also, try to avoid excess sodium in your diet. Giving your feet a raise when you are seated for a longer time is also advised. Also, drink a lot of water and fluid to wash out any trapped fluid from your body’s tissue.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Edema

  • Ayurvedic remedies have been proven as one of the most effective treatments for Edema. There are some Ayurvedic herbs and oils that are very useful in treating this condition.
  • For swelling of the nose, you can try nasya with Brahmi oil or plain ghee. Rosewater is very effective for treating eye swelling. Apply a few drops of rose water and that will help you reduce the swelling fast. For the swelling of toes, ankle, and legs, you can apply turmeric and sandalwood paste. Also herbs like neem, Guggulu can be added to your diet.
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Avi Kumar

Avi is an irreverent hard-core Engineer turned Marketer, who is focused on unveiling the secrets of Ayurveda, scientifically. His aim is to research Ayurveda, take what works, discard what's superseded by new discoveries, and in all increase in human knowledge.

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