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Edema is a condition that causes fluid buildup in the body. 


Edema is a condition in which fluid accumulates in the body’s tissues. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including heart failure, liver disease, kidney disease, and certain medications.

Q. What are the causes of edema?

  • sitting or staying in one position for too long
  • eating too much salty food
  • having premenstrual signs and symptoms
  • pregnancy

Q. What are the symptoms of edema?

  • swelling or puffiness of the tissue directly under your skin, especially in legs or arms
  • stretched or shiny skin
  • skin that retains a dimple (pits) after being pressed for several seconds
  • increased abdominal size

Q. What are the risk factors of edema?

  • high blood pressure medications
  • nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • steroid drugs
  • estrogens
  • certain diabetes medications called thiazolidinediones

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