Edema treatment at home by leaa health.
Limb swelling and weight gain are widespread, but when it comes to older people, a swollen limp can be something to look into; it could be time for a medical checkup.
It could easily be related to edema; in the United States, there are around 5 million people that have been diagnosed with edema.
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Mainly in seniors, you will find the symptoms, such as kidney damage, congestive heart failure, COPD, arthritis, and the list goes on.
Almost everyone has an older adult in their family. leaa's doctor house calls for seniors with edema, allowing them to receive the medical attention they need in the comfort of their own homes.
Swelling/puffiness of the tissue directly under your skin (joint in legs or arms)
Stretched or shiny skin around the affected area
Skin that retains a dimple (pits) after being pressed for several seconds Increased abdominal size
Edema in healthy, young adults will usually go away over time, but in a senior or a person with health issues, edema can become a cause for concern and should be assessed by a medical professional. This is particularly true if edema is paired with any of the following symptoms:
Prolonged swelling, or swelling that won’t go away
Shortness of breath
These symptoms could also be a sign of pulmonary edema, congestive heart failure (CHF), leg pain and swelling can also indicate a blood clot deep in your vein (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT), which is another health issue that requires medical assessment and care.
What causes edema in seniors?
Congestive heart failure
Kidney damage or kidney disease
Chronic venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
Poor lymphatic system function
How to prevent/treat edema in seniors
Exercise, stretch and move around throughout the day (especially after long hours of sitting still)
Wear compression socks on affected limbs to encourage blood flow
Elevate affected limbs
If left untreated
If left untreated, edema can lead to several complications in elderly individuals, including:
Stretched, itchy, and uncomfortable skin
Increased risk of infection in the swollen area
Scarring between layers of tissue
Decreased blood circulation
Decreased elasticity of arteries, veins, joints, and muscles
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