Edema

Fluid build-up is also known as edema or swelling. It’s when certain body parts swell due to inflammation or injury. Fluid retention in the body takes place when small blood vessels leak fluid into tissues that are close to them. This extra fluid increases and results in the enlarging of tissues. Fluid build-up can occur in any body part. It is caused due to infections, pregnancy, medications, and many other medical issues.

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Fluid build-up is also known as edema or swelling. It’s when certain body parts swell due to inflammation or injury. Fluid retention in the body takes place when small blood vessels leak fluid into tissues that are close to them. This extra fluid increases and results in the enlarging of tissues. Fluid build-up can occur in any body part. It is caused due to infections, pregnancy, medications, and many other medical issues..

UThere are various causes of fluid build-up and it’s generally a symptom of another ailment. Some of the ailments or issues that can result in fluid retention are:

  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Skin infections and life-threatening infections
  • Blood clots or blood flow obstructions
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Liver problems like cirrhosis
  • Kidney disorder like nephrotic syndrome
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Twisted ankle
  • Bee sting Burns
  • Pregnancy

Apart from these, some medicines can also result in fluid build-up in the body. These are medications that are prescribed for:

Fluid build-up can also be caused by damaged or varicose veins in your legs. Any surgery as per the location that is done to remove the lymph nodes can lead to fluid retention in the body. Such a fluid build-up condition is called lymphedema. A poor diet, particularly one that consists of a lot of salt can also lead to mild fluid retention in the body. Moreover, a poor diet can make this condition worse when it’s combined with other diseases. Prolonged standing and sitting can also result in fluid build-up, particularly in hot weather..

You must first consult your doctor regarding this, particularly if you’re pregnant since this is an indication of complications. Moreover, if you find it hard to breathe or experience chest pain, then also you should immediately see your doctor since this can hint towards pulmonary edema, which is a serious medical problem wherein fluid increases in the lung cavities. Your doctor will first identify the cause of fluid build-up in your body and then advise proper treatment accordingly. Temporary fluid retention can be treated by consuming less salt and putting your legs up while sitting. Besides this, you can medically treat fluid retention as per the specific condition that has caused it, such as heart failure, cirrhosis, lymphedema, etc. Fluid retention can also be caused by certain medicines, which should be stopped or changed. And, if you see that your fluid build-up is suddenly getting painful or bad, then you should take medical.

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