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How is edema treated?

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To treat edema, you often must treat its underlying cause. For example, you might take allergy medications to treat swelling from allergies.

Edema from a block in fluid drainage can sometimes be treated by getting the drainage flowing again. A blood clot in the leg is treated with blood thinners. They break down the clot and get drainage back to normal. A tumor that blocks blood or lymph can sometimes be shrunk or removed with surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation.

From: What Is Edema? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Guyton, A.C. , 8th ed, Saunders, 1991. Textbook of Medical Physiology

Taylor, A.E. 1981. Circulation Research,

MedlinePlus: "Edema."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Guyton, A.C. , 8th ed, Saunders, 1991. Textbook of Medical Physiology

Taylor, A.E. 1981. Circulation Research,

MedlinePlus: "Edema."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 11, 2017

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