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Swelling of Body

By on February 26, 2009

Excessive build up of fluids within the body tissues can cause swelling. It can be generalized throughout the body or localized to a single area. Painless swelling is a very common problem, especially of legs, feet and ankles. Mild swelling will usually go on its own by taking rest for a few hours or as suggested by the doctor.

Sitting and standing for long hours without moving can also cause swelling. Drinking less fluid can lead to this problem as well. In fact even a mild dehydration makes the body tend towards conserving water. Drinking water can help shed extra water. Other things which can help in reducing the swelling are- wearing comfortable clothes, exercising and massage.

Movement can help improve the blood circulation and also help in draining the fluid. Walking is best for this problem. Pay attention to your diet also. Certain foods cause swelling in the body like- chick peas, radish, peas, cauliflower and foods which are full of protein.

Intake of natural ingredients acts like a diuretic. Caffeine, lemon juice in water, cranberry juice, foods with high content of vitamin C like guava, spinach, citrus fruits etc are a few examples. Vitamin B group also helps in reducing swelling due to stress. However, do not take it in excess. Too much can have a reverse effect.

You need to reduce the intake of salt and sodium. You should also do exercises that use calf muscles like walking, running etc. But if the swelling does not go after taking rest and other precautions it indicates to the malfunction of heart, liver or kidney. If swollen hands and feet are accompanied with shortness of breath, nausea or unexpected weight gain then you must see your doctor. He will help diagnosing the problem. Certain drugs can also cause swelling. For example: Anti inflammatory, anti hypertensive, calcium channel blockers. Your doctor can either stop them or change them.