Edema: Diagnosis and Management
How long have you been experiencing these symptoms? These garments keep pressure on your limbs to prevent fluid from collecting in the tissue. When did you first begin experiencing symptoms?
If you have high blood pressure, take your medications as prescribed and check your blood pressure regularly. At the time you make the appointment, be sure to ask if there's anything you need to do in advance to prepare for common diagnostic tests.
This information is often enough to determine the underlying cause of your edema. Request an Appointment at Mayo Clinic Clinical trials Explore Mayo Clinic studies testing new treatments, interventions and tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage this disease. Tests that can aid in a diagnosis of pitting edema include: In some cases, X-rays, ultrasound exams, magnetic resonance imaging, blood tests or urine analysis may be necessary.
Stroking the affected area toward your heart using firm, but not painful, pressure may help move the excess fluid out of that area. If it is not treated, your skin may keep stretching. Bring along notepaper and a pen to jot down information as your doctor addresses your questions. This should ease some of your symptoms.
Do you notice swelling all over your body, or does it seem to be in just one area, such as an arm or leg? Your doctor might want you to take a medicine called a diuretic.
Maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly. Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me?
Your doctor may also prescribe blood pressure medications that ease the pressure going into preload reducers or out of afterload reducers your heart. The pressure leaves an indentation of 8 mm or deeper.
Follow your doctor's suggestions about limiting how much salt you consume. Make a list of the salty foods you eat regularly. Blood tests.
Does swelling diminish if you raise the swollen limb above heart level for an hour or so? This narcotic may be used to relieve shortness of breath and anxiety.
What treatments are available? Pushing gently on the swollen area for about 15 seconds will leave a dimple. Can edema be prevented or avoided?
Write down if you have had similar symptoms in the past, even if you didn't see a doctor. Oxygen is usually the first treatment and can often relieve your symptoms. They may then refer the person to a doctor who specializes in issues concerning the veins or circulatory system.
Cardiac catheterization. Long-term management typically focuses on treating the underlying cause of the swelling. Treatment Giving oxygen is the first step in the treatment for pulmonary edema.