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Dependent Edema: All You Need To Know


Edema is the medical term for swelling.

The primary cause of dependent edema is problem with veins and muscular issues, as per the American Family Physician. [1]

- Requires medical diagnosis
- Requires X-rays, ultrasound, blood tests, urine analysis and magnetic resonance imaging for diagnosis
- Can happen to both men and women

Edema happens when extra fluid gets trapped in your body’s tissues. Dependent edema is a term used to describe gravity-related swelling in the lower body caused due to the effect of gravity of pulling fluid down toward the earth, resulting it to pull in the lowest parts of your body, like your feet, legs, or hands. It could be caused by heart failure, cirrhosis, malnutrition and kidney failure.

Age Affected: Most likely to affect people between 18 to 30 years.


- Swelling or puffiness of the skin
- Trouble in wearing shoes and socks in case feet is affected
- Stretched or shiny skin
- Dents on the skin when pressing it
- Skin ulcers and pain in the affected area
- Varicose veins and decreased in blood circulation


Going for self-treatment options like compression stockings or bandages, manually move body parts, reduce salt intake and massage at the affected area might help with swelling.

Medications: Your doctor might prescribe you with antibiotics to help with swelling.
For more information about this health issue connect with our specialist at mfine, who would treat you with a complete treatment program.

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