Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid that is trapped in your body’s tissues. It can affect any part of your body. However, it is more noticeable on your hands, arms, feet, legs, and ankles.
Some causes of edema are pregnancy, medication, heat, or underlying diseases, like kidney disease or congestive heart failure. If you notice swelling in these parts of your senior’s body, it is best to consult their doctors immediately.
Besides the medication your loved one’s doctor prescribes, there are also home remedies available to help reduce the symptoms. Take a look:
- Special exercises. Movement can help pump the excess fluid back toward your heart. If you experience trouble with this, our home health aides can provide you with all the assistance you require.
- Elevate the affected area. Hold the swollen part above your heart’s level several times a day. Don’t forget to elevate this area when you sleep.
- Compression stalkings. Your doctor may recommend compression stockings, sleeves, or gloves. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but it’s necessary if you want to avoid further swelling.
- Reduce salt intake. Salt can increase fluid retention and worsen edema. If you’re worried about your senior’s salt intake when you’re not around, you can always rely on our home healthcare services in Fort Washington Maryland to help with your loved one’s meals.
Breakthrough Healthcare Services is here to help your loved one recover from any illnesses, infections, or injuries. Access to quality skilled nursing services in Maryland has never been so easy! Call us at 888-885-8581 for more information.