Do not sit with your feet hanging down for long
periods of time. Elevate your feet whenever possible. If you take a car trip,
stop and walk around every 1 to 2 hours. If you are traveling in an airplane,
be sure to get up and walk around every 1 to 2 hours.
amount of salt in your diet.
Exercise regularly. Warm up and
stretch before exercising.
Drink plenty of fluids, and keep your
skin cool in hot environments.
Avoid repetitive motions, or take
frequent breaks often to rest a body area.
Take medicines as
instructed. If swelling occurs often, discuss with your doctor whether taking
your medicine at another time of day would decrease the
Do not smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products.
They increase circulation problems.
If you have a chronic medical condition or are pregnant,
follow your doctor's instructions on how to prevent swelling and when to call
to report your symptoms.
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