Edema
Monday, February 16, 2009

Edema is swelling that is caused by fluid trapped in your bodyís tissues. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition and gives some advice on ways to keep the swelling down in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Edema is swelling or puffiness of parts of the body. Edema usually happens in the feet, ankles and legs. It also can affect the face and hands. Pregnant women and elderly people often get edema, but it can happen to anyone.

Edema happens when water gets trapped in the tissues in your body. Many things can cause this to happen. Sometimes gravity pulls water down into your legs and feet. Sitting in one place for too long can cause edema of the legs. Eating food with too much salt can make the problem worse.

Congestive heart failure and liver, kidney and thyroid diseases can cause edema. Edema cannot be cured. The only way to treat edema is to treat the condition that is causing it. But there are some things you can do to keep the swelling down.

* Put a pillow under your legs when you are lying down.

* Wear support stockings.

* Do not sit or stand for too long without moving. Any exercise will help

* And limit how much salt you eat.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.