What is idiopathic edema?
Edema is the medical term used to describe fluid retention, fluid retention in the body and causing swelling and edema. “Idiopathic” means that the cause of the condition has not been found.
Idiopathic edema occurs when the person has no heart, kidney or liver disease. It is often associated with diabetes, obesity, and emotional problems.
However, you should still see your doctor to look for the cause of your swelling (such as potential problems with your heart, kidneys, or blood vessels). After all possibilities are ruled out and the cause is still unknown, you will be diagnosed with idiopathic edema.
Edema may occur periodically or persist for a period of time. Swelling in the face, hands, and feet can develop quickly and cause dramatic changes in your weight throughout the day. This condition may not be related to a serious problem but will be a nuisance in life.
Signs and symptoms of idiopathic edema
You may feel slight swelling in your feet, hands, abdomen, chest, and face. The condition is usually worse at the end of the day and may clear up on its own after a night of rest. When swelling occurs, you should remove rings, bracelets and wear loose, comfortable clothes to feel more comfortable.