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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