Foot, leg, and ankle swelling is also known as peripheral edema, which refers to an accumulation of fluid in these parts of the body. The buildup of fluid usually isn’t painful, unless it’s due to injury. Swelling is often more apparent in the lower areas of the body because of gravity.
Leg swelling can also be caused by inflammation in leg tissues. Inflammation may be a normal response to injury or disease, or it may be due to rheumatoid arthritis or another inflammatory disorder. You will usually feel some pain with inflammation.
It’s normal to have some swelling in your legs at the end of the day, particularly if you’ve been sitting or standing for long periods.
Edema is often a symptom of an underlying health condition. It can occur as a result of the following conditions or treatments:
- kidney disease
- heart failure
- chronic lung disease
- thyroid disease
- liver disease
- medication, such as corticosteroids or medicine for high blood pressure (hypertension)
Long airplane flights or car rides, as well as standing for long periods of time, often lead to some swelling in the feet and ankles.
Swelling may occur in women who take estrogen, or during parts of the menstrual cycle. Most women have some swelling during pregnancy. More severe swelling during pregnancy may be a sign of preeclampsia, a serious condition that includes high blood pressure and swelling.
There are several ways to treat leg swelling. The first thing doctors often try are diuretics (water pills). This may not be the best treatment particularly if the swelling is not due to too much volume. Often using “counter pressure” ‒ wearing compression stockings to help push fluid out of the legs, is the most effective treatment.
Here is how to prepare this tea:
Chop the fresh parsley roots and leaves finely, and mix them. Add 5 tablespoons of this mixture in the pot and boil them for 5 minutes.
Afterward, leave the tea aside for 20 minutes to cool down, and then strain it.
However, if you believe your edema is caused by something less serious, you can treat the condition at home with parsley tea.
Healthy and Natural World explains parsley tea works because it is a diuretic, meaning it improves kidney function and helps the body flush itself of excess water and salt.
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