What Is Edema?
A is the medical term for swelling. Body parts swell from injury or inflammation. It can affect a small area or the entire body. Medications, infections, pregnancy, and many other medical problems can cause edema.
Causes of Edema
Things like a twisted ankle, a bee sting, or a skin infection will cause edema. In some cases, like an infection, this may be helpful. More fluid from your blood vessels puts more infection-fighting white blood cells in the swollen area.
Other conditions or causes of edema are:
- Low albumin
- Allergic Reactions
- Obstruction of Flow
- Critical- Illness
Symptoms of Edema
- Skin feels stretchy or looks shiny
- Increased abdominal size.
- Skin that retains a dimple after being pressed for several seconds
- Tissue feels puffy or swells up directly under your skin