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what do I do for legs and hands that are swollen?

By Anonymous July 10, 2017 - 2:26pm
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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to our community for help.

The cause of the swelling in your legs and hands must first be identified before any treatment can be offered.

How old are you? Do you have any medical conditions, such as heart disease?
Do you take any medications?

Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body's tissues. Although edema can affect any part of your body, it's most commonly noticed in the hands, arms, feet, ankles and legs.

It can be the result of medication, pregnancy or an underlying disease, often heart failure, kidney disease or cirrhosis of the liver.

Have you tried holding your legs and hands above the level of your heart several times a day? In some cases, elevating the affected body part while you sleep may be helpful.

Salt can increase fluid retention and worsen edema. Do you add salt to your food or eat a lot of processed foods?

If you have not spoken with your physician about this, do so today.


July 11, 2017 - 6:28am
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