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Also called: Dropsy
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Edema means swelling caused by fluid in your body's tissues. It usually occurs in the feet, ankles and legs, but it can involve your entire body.

Causes of edema include

To keep swelling down, your health care provider may recommend keeping your legs raised when sitting, wearing support stockings, limiting how much salt you eat, or taking a medicine called a diuretic - also called a water pill.

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  • Edema (American Academy of Family Physicians) Also in Spanish
  • Edema (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

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  • Diuretics (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)


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