Edema is an accumulation of fluid that builds up in your body for various reasons. It can be caused by different health conditions such as liver cirrhosis, heart failure, kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer. If your lymphatic system is damaged, or if you have a tumor that is blocking or putting pressure on the lymphatic pathways, that can block the flow of lymphatic fluid, which can accumulate and cause swelling. When this occurs, your immune system is not able to function properly, placing your body at an increased risk of infection.

Types of Edema

  • Peripheral Edema
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Cerebral Edema
  • Macular Edema

Some Signs & Symptoms of Edema

  • Swollen, stretched, and shiny skin
  • Skin that retains a dimple after being pressed for a few seconds
  • Puffiness of the ankles, face, or eyes
  • Aching body parts and stiff joints
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Fuller hand and neck veins
  • Higher pulse rate and blood pressure
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion and lethargy
  • Visual abnormalities
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