Fluid retention or water retention is a common problem where fluids are not flushed out or excreted through the urinary tract. The excessive fluids are retained in the circulatory tract, body tissues and even cavities of the body. Common symptoms of the same include extreme bloating, oedema, and sudden swelling and pain in some body parts.
HOW IS FLUID RETENTION DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of fluid retention depends on the underlying cause. Nephrologists may order kidney function tests for checking for possible kidney failure. Cardiologists may order for tests like ECG or CT-Scan to check the functioning of heart. Doctor’s also look for any inflammation of the lymphatic system while diagnosing fluid retention
HOW IS FLUID RETENTION TREATED?
Fluid retention is treated by use of medications along with steroids. Histamine can be given to reduce the inflammation. An active lifestyle is also suggested for such patients along with reduction of sodium in the diet that causes water retention. If fluid retention happens as an allergic reaction then anti-allergen is also given.
DID YOU KNOW?
Reduction of salt intake is one of the first home remedies to treat fluid retention.