Edema occurs when fluid accumulates in bodily tissues and swelling develops. This fluid becomes trapped inside ‘compartments’ that exist in the soft tissues. The tissues that are most often affected are in the ankles, legs and feet. Rarely it shows up in the face or hands. Edema can happen to anybody but it seems to target pregnant women and older people.
Pitting edema can be singled out by applying pressure to the area that is swollen and checking to see if it is still indented after the pressure is released. Non-pitting edema will not leave an indentation behind when the skin is pressed on. Non-pitting edema can usually be found on either the arms or legs.
The doctor will test the swollen area by pressing on it as was described in the last paragraph. Fifteen seconds of pressure is all that is needed before the finger is removed to check for a dimple. There might be other tests to determine the exact cause of the edema. These might include urinalysis, blood tests, ECG (electrocardiogram) and an X-ray.
Symptoms of Edema
Edema is usually a symptom of another disease or disorder. Problems with the heart, kidneys, liver and lymphatic system often cause edema. For this reason, you should report swelling to the doctor. It could lead to the diagnosis of another problem that you did not already know about.
Edema is typically treated by focusing on the disease or disorder that is causing it. A water pill can be taken to help reduce the swelling temporarily but the edema will keep returning if the underlying condition is not handled properly.
If the edema is caused by a restricted blood vessel then surgery might be required to help the blood flow normally, once again. If an area is swollen and you suspect edema you should protect that area and keep it out of harsh weather. If you get a scrape or cut in an area that is affected by edema then it will take a long time to heal and be extra-sensitive to an infection. After that you will be advised to wear specialized <a href=”https://careactive.com/collections/diabetic-footwear/products/ladies-edemaboots”>edema boots</a> that will be used in these circumstances only.
Herbs offer a good alternative to conventional medications – without the side effects. Buchu is a good natural diuretic and will help to stop the inflammation that edema causes. Dandelion does a good job at keeping the blood pressure normal, supporting the circulatory system and giving support to the liver. Make sure that you still consult your doctor if you decide to use herbs because it is important to know if there is a more serious underlying condition that needs attention.
Edema usually indicates about the disease of an organ – heart failure, liver disease, renal disease and etc… There is a great variety of natural remedies to treat edema. However, before performing any healing procedure on your own, you should talk to a doctor to determine possible side effects the procedure might cause. It is of extreme importance when using some medicine.
Things to cure Edema
· Infuse half a kilogram of fresh parsley tops with a liter of fresh raw milk. Roast the mix in an oven for 3-4 hours till the moment half of the initial capacity remains. Avoid boiling it. Afterwards, decant the mix and take 1-2 tablespoons of it every hour.
· Infuse hemp husk with boiling water to get a tea and drink it instead of water. In addition, you should eat cress salad as often as possible.
· Burn footstalk of white or black bean to get ashes. Pass the ashes through a riddle and mix with a tablespoon of vodka. Take the tablespoon by washing it down with carrot juice.
· Infuse a teaspoon of granulated nettle root with a glass of boiling water. Let the tincture settle to get nettle root tea. Drink a glass of the tea twice a day.
· Cut 2 onions to small pieces and mix them with sugar. Leave the mix to brew for an overnight. Afterwards, squeeze the paste through gauze to get the juice and take 2 tablespoons of it per day to treat edema and, especially, ascites (accumulation of serous fluid in peritoneal cavity).
· Drink pumpkin juice.
· Juice cranberry and drink the juice to deal with edema and facilitate the secretion of gastrointestinal tract.
· Infuse 4 teaspoons of granulated fresh or dried parsley root with half a glass of boiling water. Leave the tincture to brew for 8-10 hours and decant it. Take a tablespoon of the tincture 3-4 times a day before meal. It is a great diuretic remedy to deal with edema caused by heart insufficiency. You can pestle parley seeds and use them instead of the root.
· Pestle caraway seeds and infuse 2-3 teaspoons of them with a glass of boiling water. Let the tincture brew for 8-10 hours and decant it. Drink the whole decoction within a day.
· Infuse a teaspoon of common nettle herbs with a glass of boiling water. Leave the tincture to brew for 8-10 hours and decant it. Drink 2 glasses of the decoction per day to deal with early-stage ascites.
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