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The Medical Condition of Edema and its Treatment

Normal people call it swelling, doctors call it Edema. In other words, Edema is the medical term used for swelling. When a body part swells due to any medical condition such as inflammation, infection, pregnancy, medicinal side effect, external trauma, it is because our small blood vessels leak the trapped fluid into the nearby tissues causing them to bulge outward in a rather painful manner known as Edema. It can happen anywhere, inside or outside the body. Causes of Edema Edema can

Normal people call it swelling, doctors call it Edema. In other words, Edema is the medical term used for swelling. When a body part swells due to any medical condition such as inflammation, infection, pregnancy, medicinal side effect, external trauma, it is because our small blood vessels leak the trapped fluid into the nearby tissues causing them to bulge outward in a rather painful manner known as Edema. It can happen anywhere, inside or outside the body. Causes of Edema Edema can be caused by various outward or inward agents; lack of proteins in the blood, allergic reactions, blood clots, tumours, burns, infections, high altitudes, medicines and even bee stings and insect bites can cause Edema. Types of Edema Although the Edema can occur in any body part, it still has types according to wherever it occurs and its nature. For instance, Peripheral Edema affects the limbs which could be a sign of a troubled circulatory system. As the name suggests, Pedal Edema occurs when the fluid gets trapped in the blood vessels of your feet or legs. It commonly happens to pregnant and elderly people. Lymphedema is mostly caused when the lymph nodes get damaged and stop filtering out the waste materials out of the skin. This may be because of a major surgery, radiation or cancer. Pulmonary Edema happens when the fluid collects in the air sacs of the lungs resulting in suffocation or a blood cough. Macula is the part of the retina which is the light sensitive area behind the eye. The damaged blood vessels in the retina can cause the fluid to build in this part of the eye known as Macular Edema. Most of the serious one is the Cerebral Edema where the fluid builds up in the brain. This mostly happens by a head injury or when a blood vessel bursts or blocks. Several allergic reactions also cause Cerebral Edemas. Treatment of Edema Just like any other disease, to treat Edema, the underlying cause of it must be known first. For instance, to treat swelling due to an allergic reaction, anti-allergy must be taken thereof. A physical exam is commonly sufficient to diagnose Edema but most doctors might prefer to take blood and urine tests in order to investigate the underlying cause of Edema and depending on its severity. If the Edema is mild in nature, it can be left alone while it heals itself. It might be temporary but, in most cases, it also becomes permanent. In several cases of Edema, medications known as Diuretics might be given to the patient to increase the process of urination. This helps to get rid of the excess fluid from the body in the friendliest manner. However, these medications are always given by looking at your medical history and the nature of your condition. The doctor might further suggest physiotherapy, massage, movement and exercises accordingly. Some Other Points to Remember Whilst Treating Edema Edema can cause heart failure if a blood vessel in the heart gets affected. Controlling body weight, monitoring salt intake and quitting cigarettes and alcohol could be helpful to treat it. If an acute lung disease is behind Edema, completely quitting smoking should be worthwhile. Several medications also cause Edema, make sure to consult the medical practitioner before stopping any medication. Edema in the limbs can be evaded or treated by avoiding to sit or stand in the same postures for a long period. Pressurizing the affected muscles by massage or by wearing customized stockings might be good. Try to keep your legs elevated above the level of your heart to keep the circulation throughout the body smooth. Swollen areas must be protected from further external traumas, pressure, extreme cold or hot temperatures as it is already on the verge of becoming infected. The doctor should be contacted as soon possible if redness, soreness occurs in the swollen area which is often accompanied by short breathiness, nausea and lethargies in extreme cases.

The Medical Condition of Edema and its Treatment

Normal people call it swelling, doctors call it Edema. In other words, Edema is the medical term used for swelling. When a body part swells due to any medical condition such as inflammation, infection, pregnancy, medicinal side effect, external trauma, it is because our small blood vessels leak the trapped fluid into the nearby tissues causing them to bulge outward in a rather painful manner known as Edema. It can happen anywhere, inside or outside the body. Causes of Edema Edema can

Edema is a disease which is also curable with Natural Herbal ingredients Gallery Edema is a disease which is also curable with Natural Herbal ingredients

Edema is a disease which is also curable with Natural Herbal ingredients

Normal people call it swelling, doctors call it Edema. In other words, Edema is the medical term used for swelling. When a body part swells due to any medical condition such as inflammation, infection, pregnancy, medicinal side effect, external trauma, it is because our small blood vessels leak the trapped fluid into the nearby tissues causing them to bulge outward in a rather painful manner known as Edema. It can happen anywhere, inside or outside the body. Causes of Edema Edema can

The What, Why and How of Varicose Veins

The What, Why and How of Varicose Veins

First things first: The What We have all experienced being stuck in a traffic jam at some point in our lives. That jam is usually caused by a problem causing blockade on the road. The blockade results in the choking of traffic on the route. In our body, our blood is like the many drivers that travel each day and the vessels or the tubes are the roads that are spread across the body.   Veins are the roads that bring the weary

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October Case Study

This is a 75 year old female with a history of significant left arm swelling of a chronic nature, with heaviness, tiredness, swelling, tingling of the left arm that developed after a port placement via the left subclavian approach for her breast cancer chemotherapy.  The porta-cath was removed post-treatment.  Following this, she developed significant swelling of the left arm with symptoms as mentioned.  On physical exam. there was 5 cm circumferential differential between the left and the right arm, with left arm

Critical Limb Ischemia

Critical Limb Ischemia

This is a patient with a history of critical limb ischemia. She had no significant out flow. She had large vascular ulcers. She had limb pain of significant nature. After recanalization and stenting, her pain finished significantly. She was then treated with sessions of hyperbaric and was managed by our wound care team and now on her way to recovery.

AHA Outlines Diagnosis

AHA Outlines Diagnosis, Treatment Options for Under Recognized Critical Limb Ischemia

TCTMD Critical limb ischemia — evidenced by ischemic rest pain, a non healing wound/ulcer, or gangrene for more than 2 weeks with signs of poor blood flow — remains under-recognized by clinicians and patients, but a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association addresses this lack of awareness, as well as the uncertainty over the best means of patient management. READ MORE

Traumatic Hematoma to Left Leg

Traumatic Hematoma to Left Leg

Healing process of a patient referred to us for a traumatic hematoma on their left leg. Patient was seen by both Dr. Siddique for vascular management and by Dr. Niezgoda for wound care management. We are happy to announce that the patient has healed! Traumatic Hematoma to Left Leg