What Is Edema?


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Edema is a condition where there is an accumulation of fluid in bodily tissues and it tends to cause swelling. It is most commonly found in the feet and legs, and it generally occurs underneath the skin, outside the blood vessels and in the body's tissues.

Usually Edema is a manifestation of underlying conditions such as diseases affected in the heart, lungs and liver, and they are mainly caused by salt. Usually when Edema appears in the lungs it is generally down to heart failure. Overall there are two different types of Edema which can be diagnosed and those include pitting Edema and non-pitting Edema. With pitting Edema, the swelling shows indentations from socks and stockings, and non-pitting Edema does not retain any indentation and this kind is mainly found in people who have lymphatic system problems.

Overall, doctors recommend that you reduce the amount of salt that you eat each day, and that often helps to reduce the swelling and to prevent it from returning.

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