Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body’s tissue, particularly the skin. Although edema can affect any part of your body, its most common in your hands, arms, feet, ankles, and legs. The condition mainly occurs in older adults and women who are pregnant, but anyone can experience edema. However, there is usually an underlying disease or condition. Edema is a symptom, not a disease or disorder.
Symptoms depend on the cause, and they normally develop gradually. Here are a few to name:
Treatment will depend on the cause of edema. There is a lot of self-care techniques that can help prevent or reduce edema. Treatment may involve using compression bandages and pressure sleeves tightened over swollen limbs to help force the body to reabsorb the fluid.
Other options include:
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