Dr Oz: Ascites Abdominal Swelling & Leg Swelling

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Dr Oz: Ascites Abdominal Swelling & Leg Swelling

By on September 13, 2010

Doctor Oz did a segment on when swelling is a sign of something more serious.  Dr Oz said that blood vessels can leak fluid out and can make your tissue appear swollen.  If you push on the tissue, and it stays indented for a while, that is called pitting edema.  So how do you know if you should be concerned about swelling? Ascites Abdominal Swelling Cure

Abdominal Swelling: Ascites

Ascites is caused by filling the area between the tissue that lines your abdomen and your abdominal organs (your peritoneal cavity) with excess fluids.  Dr Oz said you can tell you  have Ascites as opposed to just being fat, because when you shake your stomach, you can see ripples like liquid moving.  If you have Ascites, you should see a doctor, because you need medicine to  help you drain out the liquid.  The medicine will force the liquid to go through your kidneys and you should pee it all out.

Swelling in Legs, Ankles & Feet

Dr Oz said that he is generally not too worried about swelling in the legs, ankles and feet because it is usually nothing serious, unless it is also associated with shortness of breath.  You can get swelling in your lower extremities for many reasons, such as standing a lot, sitting a lot and eating too much salt.

Cures for Swollen Legs, Ankles & Feet

- Try compression stockings

- Eat a low sodium diet

- Keep moving, because it helps your body to remove the fluid

- Take a 5 minute walk even

- Keep your legs higher than your heart when you are seated, to help drain the fluid

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Comments to Dr Oz: Ascites Abdominal Swelling & Leg Swelling

  1. tom wolford says:

    Dear Dr. Oz, You had a show a while back on high sulfur foods that I believe u said were supposed to help with edema. One of those foods was brazial nuts and at least one vegtable I believe was either broccoli brussell sprouts and or califlower. there were several foods listed that day. I also believe you talked breifly on compression stockings. Anyway, I believe that the show was on approximatly about a month or two ago. Can you please help me by sending me any information on natral dieretics and foods that help with edema or any other info u may have. Thank You. T.W. Wolford

  2. tom wolford says:

    Dear Dr. Oz, You had a show a while back on high sulfur foods that I believe u said were supposed to help with edema. One of those foods was brazial nuts and at least one vegtable I believe was either broccoli brussell sprouts and or califlower. there were several foods listed that day. I also believe you talked breifly on compression stockings. Anyway, I believe that the show was on approximatly about a month or two ago. Can you please help me by sending me any information on natural dieretics and foods that help with edema or any other info u may have. Thank You. T.A. Wolford

  3. This is helpful. But be aware that edema can also be caused by hypothyroidism, which is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

  4. WHY DOES MY FEET SWLING

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