What Is EDEMA? Kidney Edema and Symptoms

01.11.2021
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What Is EDEMA? Kidney Edema and Symptoms

WHAT IS EDEMA? EWDMA is an acronym for “adhesive layer diuretic”. “EDema” is swelling which is generally caused by liquid trapped in the tissues of the body. Edema usually occurs most frequently in the legs, feet, ankles and lower legs, but could also affect other areas of the human body, including the face, hands, abdomen, and neck.

WHAT IS EDEMA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many things can cause edema, which can include being overweight, sitting for extended periods of time, poor muscle tone, poor circulation, pregnancy, and muscle weakness. Edema typically occurs in large quantities during exercise, like jogging or running, where the elasticity of the skin is stretched beyond its ability to withstand. It can also occur after eating a large meal containing lots of fluid, like a big salad. Even standing up and down after standing or sitting for a while can cause fluid accumulation in the legs. These factors can combine to increase the pressure on the blood vessels in the legs and lead to edema.

 

Edema usually develops on one or more limbs when there is poor circulation and inflammation of the underlying tissue. It can be very painful because pressure is applied to vital organs. The legs feel heavy and may hurt to stand or walk. There can also be a tickly feeling under the skin in the groin area. The ankles may swell and be very painful to the touch.

 

The treatment for edema depends upon the underlying cause of the symptom. One of the main underlying causes of edema in the legs is venous insufficiency. This means that the valves in the veins are not functioning properly, allowing some fluid to pool in the vein, causing the swelling and pain.

 

Blood vessel malformations or growths inside the skin may also be the cause of edema usually in the legs. If you have a skin lesion, cellulite, or some other abnormal growth, it may also be caused by inadequate blood supply. In this case, the doctor will recommend that you see a dermatologist. However, there are many alternative routes to take in dealing with the symptoms. You can try home remedies, such as placing castor oil, apple cider vinegar, or grapefruit seed extract directly on the affected area.

 

In more extreme cases, the edema may need surgery to relieve pressure. This usually occurs in cases where there is excessive swelling or if the veins are pinched, causing too much pressure. Surgery is usually only performed on the more severe cases. It is only ever performed on those with edema that are at a severe risk for developing a life-threatening pulmonary embolism (a clot in the vein that becomes blocked and becomes potentially fatal).

 

Edema usually only affects a person for a short period of time. But for those with chronic edema, the symptoms can be rather intense. Swollen legs are one of the first symptoms. Other symptoms include pain in the legs or swollen area surrounding the swelling, skin that appears to have a bluish tint, redness, or warmth to the area. Other symptoms include darkening or even cracking of the skin, swelling, a feeling of being full, a feeling that there is something stuck in the swollen area, or even blood in the urine.

 

As for the kidneys, if you are suffering from edema that is persistent, it could mean that your kidneys are overstressed, causing them to swell. Another possible reason that your kidneys might be swollen is because your liver has not been processing enough bile. You can test for this yourself, simply by placing a finger in your mouth, pushing it against your abdomen, then holding your breath. The next morning, if you can feel the finger tip of your middle finger tingling, you probably did not have enough bile in your liver at the time for it to process it and cause the swelling in your kidneys. These are some of the reasons that doctors may suspect edema, but the actual diagnosis is usually based on symptoms and signs.

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