Swelling - Prevention
The following tips may help prevent swelling.
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.
Limit the 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 swelling.
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.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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