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Edema is the medical term for swelling. It is a general response of the body to injury or inflammation. Edema can be isolated to a small area or affect the entire body.
Signs and symptoms of edema include: Swelling or puffiness of the tissue directly under your skin Stretched or shiny skin Skin that retains a dimple after being pressed for several seconds Increased abdominal size.
Treatment: Mild edema usually goes away on its own, particularly if you help things along by raising the affected limb higher than your heart.More severe edema may be treated with drugs that help your body expel excess fluid in the form of urine