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Swelling

Water Retention

What is water retention?

Water retention is the buildup of excess fluid in the tissues. Water retention is typically first noticed by swelling of the extremities.

What causes water retention?

There are many possible causes of water retention, including:

What are the symptoms of water retention?

Notify your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

What is the treatment for water retention?

Treatment for water retention depends on the cause. Your doctor may recommend medications that make you urinate more to help remove fluid. These drugs area called diuretics; an example is furosemide (Lasix®). If your swelling is due to lymphedema, your doctor may recommend of variety of physical techniques to reduce and manage your symptoms.

What else can I do?

Remember to notify your doctor if you have any side effects of your treatment or symptoms that are disturbing.

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