Tips to Treat Edema
Swelling and water retention can be an irritating condition, but having a swollen face can be particularly embarrassing. Swelling in the face can be a symptom of many things, but whatever the cause it is nonetheless a very frustrating and embarrassing symptom which often makes the afflicted individual want to hide from society. Also known as facial edema, puffy face, or moon face, swelling in the face has a multitude of causes and a multitude of possible treatments. This article will explore some of the symptoms, causes, and treatments available.
The self-evident symptom of swelling in the face is having a puffy face, but there are other symptoms to look for as well. Other symptoms may include fever, redness, or tenderness, all of which are clear symptoms of infection. If the swelling is accompanied by hives and itchiness, it is more likely a sign of allergic reaction. If the swelling is accompanied by a severe difficulty in breathing then contact a doctor as soon as possible.
Other than allergy and infection, causes of puffy face include surgery, bee sting, wisdom teeth removal, high blood pressure, malnutrition, sinusitis, tooth abscess and various eye problems.
There are many ways to treat swelling in the face, for effective treatment it is important to figure out what caused the symptom so you can pursue the most effective treatment for that particular cause. Ice packs are very useful in reducing swelling in general, and this principle applies to the face as well if the swelling is due to surgery or from a bee sting. Throw some ice in a zip-lock bag and throw the bag in a sock before holding the ice to your face.
If the cause if surgery, which is often the case, there are several other treatments available. Having a healthy diet is one; if your body is healthy then it will be able to recover from the trauma of surgery faster.
The best foods for reducing swelling include high-protein foods as well as those very rich in vitamins and minerals like fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. Drinking lots of water can also be a treatment for swelling, particularly if the swelling is caused by surgery or infection. Water helps the body flush out the toxins and re-hydrate itself. Swelling in the face is also commonly caused by sunburn, in which case staying inside, taking cold showers and applying inflammatory cream to the affected area are the best ways to go.
There are also anti inflammatory pills on the market, though since these will boost the rate at which water passes through your body it is crucial to drink lots of water or you’ll become seriously dehydrated. Finding out the main cause of swelling or edema is crucial to finding successful treatment and ruling out any serious disorders.
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