Edema is a condition where the body retains fluids and this leads to swelling on different parts of the body. Diet and lifestyle are the 2 major factors that contribute to edema. There are several remedies that you can use in order to prevent the condition from getting worse; however you must visit a doctor and get a medical opinion as well. You can use home remedies along with medical prescriptions; however you must speak with a doctor about it before you administer any herbal remedies.
In order to avoid this condition you need to control the amount of salt you consume. Preprocessed foods and junk foods like chips, fries, burgers and fried foods have huge amounts of salt. You need to reduce your consumption of these foods in order to reduce the sodium content in your blood.
Adding fish and sea food to your diet will help you to control this condition. In addition to these foods you must also include potatoes, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, almonds, whole grains and other cereals to your diet in order to prevent this condition from getting worse.
Increasing blood circulation will also help to improve edema and reduce the water retention and swelling on the surface of the skin. There are several different ways you could increase your blood circulation. A warm bath will stimulate your senses and increase blood circulation; all you need to do is soak in the warm water for a few minutes. Exercising also helps to increase blood circulation. Massages also help to increase blood circulation and reduce swelling caused by Edema. Care must be taken to massage the swollen area very gently in order to prevent the fluid from spreading to different parts of the body.
Clean the affected area well. Wash the area with warm water and a mild moisturizing soap. You must also pat the area dry after you have cleaned it and then use a gentle moisturizing lotion on the area. Use herbal products that contain lavender oils in them as the oil is soothing and controls the inflammation.