What Should We Know about Pitting Edema?

Q:
What should we know about pitting edema?

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Pitting edema is called when pressing on a swollen area, the indentation or pit remains. It may be caused by localized problem with veins in the affected area or systemic problems with heart, kidney, or liver function.

Here are some pictures of pitting edema:

For some people, pitting edema can be a warning sign of a more serious health issue, like congestive heart failure, kidney disease, vein problems, lung disease, blood clots, etc.

If you have pitting edema, you may need to eat less salt in your daily life, you can also turn to diuretic drugs to help get rid of extra fluid.

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