Edema, also known as oedema, dropsy and hydropsy, is an accumulation of fluid in the bodys tissues, which leads to swelling. Although edema can occur in any part of your body, it usually affects the hands, ankles, legs and feet. About 4.4 million people in the U.S. suffer from edema.
Signs & Symptoms:
Swelling or puffiness of the tissue directly under your skin
Stretched or shiny skin
Skin that retains a dimple after being pressed for several seconds
Increased abdominal size
Edema occurs when tiny blood vessels in your body (capillaries) leak fluid. The fluid builds up in surrounding tissues, leading to swelling.
Mild cases of edema may result from:
Sitting or staying in one position for too long
Eating too much salty food
Premenstrual signs and symptoms
How To Cure:
Regular massage is another effective way to reduce swelling and pain caused by edema. Massaging with gentle strokes creates pressure on the affected skin and muscle areas. This activates the lymphatic system and the fluid drains away naturally.
Warm some mustard, olive or coconut oil.
Massage the affected area gently with the warm oil.
Do this several times a day.
Note: If your edema is due to pregnancy, have your massage done by a therapist specializing in prenatal massage.
- Epsom Salt Bath
An Epsom salt bath can help you get rid of swelling, inflammation and pain due to edema. It draws out excess fluids and toxins from your body.
Mix 2 cups of Epsom salt in warm bathwater.
Soak in it for 10 to 15 minutes.
Repeat up to 3 times a week.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a well-known remedy to reduce edema symptoms. Being high in potassium, it helps replenish potassium levels in the body and reverse fluid retention. Moreover, its anti-inflammatory property helps reduce swelling and pain.
Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. Drink it twice daily.
Another option is to soak a towel in a mixture of equal amounts of warm water and apple cider vinegar. Wrap the towel on the affected area for several minutes. Do this a few times daily.