Fluid retention is a medical condition in which excessive fluid accumulation is observed in the circulatory system, body cavities and tissues. Water is an integral part of our body, it is part of the blood and the body cells. Kidney failures, insufficient heart pumping are some of the causes of fluid retention in the body. Symptoms are:
• Swollen feet, ankles and abdomen
• Stretched and shiny skin
• Stiff joints
• Weight gain
• Dimpling of skin after being pressed
• Puffiness of eyes and face
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?
Treatment for fluid retention depends on the cause. If an infection of the lymph nodes is causing fluid retention, then the cause of infection needs to be eliminated. Diuretics are commonly prescribed for fluid retention, but this must be done with cautiously in order to avoid dehydration
DID YOU KNOW?
Reduction of salt intake is one of the first home remedies to treat fluid retention.