Edema or water retention is a common problem many people face. These are two terms for the same thing. It’s essentially a condition that causes swelling in the legs due to fluid retention in the body. An extremely unpleasant health problem, edema is usually be a sign of a pretty serious underlying disease.
Swelling in the legs may be caused by PMS, but in many cases, it can be an indicator of heart disease. Whatever the problem is, you have to be concerned. Below you can see a list of potential conditions that cause edema and how to fix the problem before it becomes a nuisance.
Liver or Kidney Problems
Water retention usually occurs in the limbs or face. Most commonly, however, it affects the legs. The symptom is usually worse in the morning and may be caused by failing kidneys or liver. If left untreated, it could potentially put your life in danger. Kidney and liver problems should never be overlooked.
If your edema is a symptom of any, you must get to a doctor.
The most common underlying problem for edema are cardiovascular ailments. When the heart lacks the strength to pump blood to other parts of your body, it causes water retention and swelling in the legs.
If you have the symptoms and you’re diagnosed with heart disease, you need to get the problem under control.
Blood clots are dangerous and they can affect anyone regardless of age. They’re ‘silent killers’ that can strike anytime and anywhere and kill you or harm you in many other ways. One of the symptoms of an increased risk of a blood clot are swollen legs or edema. If your legs are swollen pretty often, you need to visit your doctor.
Although not an ailment itself, an unhealthy diet can be a root of many diseases. Consuming too much salt will make your body retain water resulting in swollen legs. At the same time, eating unhealthy foods also puts your health at risk from many other life-threatening ailments.
If you’re not diagnosed with the aforementioned ailments but your legs are still swollen, it may be time to change your diet.
Other Possible Causes
Sometimes, edema may be caused by some other conditions that are not life-threatening. For example, it can be a sign of lack of physical activity, PMS or pregnancy. If that’s the case, it’s easy to deal with.
However, if your edema has been going on for months, it may be a time to visit a doctor and get to the root of the problem.