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?
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