What can I do to treat my edema?
The only way to treat edema is to treat the condition that is causing it. Your doctor might want you to take a medicine called a diuretic (say: “di-yoo-ret-tik”), which is also called a water pill.
It is important to see your doctor if you have edema, especially if you are pregnant. If it is not treated, your skin may keep stretching, which can lead to other problems. If you have edema and you start to have trouble breathing, call your doctor right away.
The following are some things you can do at home to keep the swelling down:
- Elevate your legs when you are sitting or lying down.
- If you have edema of the legs, wear support stockings. You can buy these at most drugstores. Support stockings put pressure on your legs to keep fluid from collecting in your legs and ankles.
- Do not sit or stand for long periods of time without moving around.
- Follow your doctor's advice about limiting how much salt you eat.
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff