- Congestive heart failure
- Kidney disease
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Long-term protein deficiency
Typically, mild edema goes away on its own, but you can aid recovery by elevating the affected area above the level of your heart several times a day. For more severe forms of edema, health care professionals often prescribe drugs that help the body to expel excess fluid. If left untreated, edema can lead to walking difficulties, stiffness in the affected area, decreased blood circulation, and increased risk of skin ulcers. If you need convenient and affordable treatment for edema, contact DispatchHealth today to request our in-home care service.
If this is an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Phil Mitchell MD, MS on July 24th, 2019