Edema

edemaWhen an abnormally large amount of fluid accumulates in the body this may be edema.  Edema is a medical condition affecting many people.  It can be either mild or severe.   You may experience swelling or puffiness in most any area of your body.

Edema may be caused by some medications or it may be the result of a medical condition such as heart or kidney problems.  Diabetics are especially prone to edema.  Your health care professional is the person to consult if you suspect you are suffering with edema.

A healthy diet may assist with the treatment of edema.  You want to avoid a high consumption of sodium.  Examples of  foods to avoid include fatty foods whether fried or grilled, some starches such as commercial pancakes and waffles, instant hot cereals, microwave popcorn and pretzels.  Additionally, you should avoid canned vegetables and tomato juice which are high in sodium.  Processed meats are high in sodium and so are convenience foods like frozen meals.  Sodas and alcoholic drinks may also be a problem for you if you suffer edema. Consumption of sugar and sweets should be limited.

Be sure you drink water since  this may help flush out some retained fluid.  Drinking water is beneficial to edema treatment.

To help reduce fluid retention in the legs you might consider walking for about 30 minutes on most days.

If your fluid retention is mild you may benefit by wearing over the counter mild compression stockings.  For more severe edema you health care professional may prescribe compression stocking which apply a specific amount of pressure to your legs.  Your health care professional may also prescribe medication to help reduce the amount of  fluid retained by your body.

Puffiness and/or swelling of the body is not something to be ignored.  Consult your health care professional to be sure it is not a sign of a serious medical problem.