Do I Have Water Retention?

Water retention is one of those things that most people would rather diagnose themselves than have to go and see their doctor about, but do you know what to look for? Should you be going to see your doctor anyway, or is this something that you can easily treat yourself?

In this article we’re going to check out what water retention is, next we will find out a few fast ways of seeing if you are retaining water, and finally we are going to see if this is something that you can tackle yourself, without having to trouble your local doctor about it.

What is water retention?

Water retention (also referred to as bloating or more scientifically as   edema ) is a condition where the body retains water rather than passing it in the usual ways i.e. urine. It will start to cause tenderness and swelling around the abdomen and in the extremities such as the hands and feet.

How do you know you have water retention and not some other condition?

One of the quickest ways to test for water retention is to press for a couple of seconds on the lower part of your shin. If you are retaining water then you should notice a tiny indentation where you’ve been pressing with your thumb.

When you take off your socks do you notice a ring left around your leg where the elastic was? This can also be an indication of water retention.

Your hands will tend to swell, so if you’ve noticed that you can’t remove any rings that you might be wearing, this could also be a sign of water retention.

Have you noticed a rapid weight gain i.e. quite a few pounds in just a few short days? Or problems when you try to fully unzip your trousers? Again, these are possible signs that you have  edema .

You may also suffer from  edema  late into pregnancy, or if you’re taking estrogen.

Can you treat the  edema  yourself, or should you visit the doctor?

The answer to this is yes – in both instances.

 Edema  can be caused by an underlying health issue, so it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor rather than treat it yourself – in the beginning, anyway. The doctor may prescribe a diuretic drug for you like bumetanide, indapamide, frusemide or bendrofluazide. These diuretics help to increase the output from the kidneys.

Always visit the doctor if you’re pregnant and suffering from water retention.

If you want to go it alone, and are after a homespun solution to your water retention, you should start by cutting out salt. The body will be trying to pass a lot of the salt you have via the kidneys, so drink enough water or fluids to keep yourself regular.

Then there’s the exercise route. It is widely accepted that when you start exercising and losing weight, the first thing to go is water that’s been stored in your body – which is one of the main reasons why you can lose weight quicker at the start of a diet than a few weeks into one – so start off slowly and you should begin to shift the water.

If the water retention appears to be in your hands or your feet you can try elevating them for a few minutes. Also, a bag of peas can work wonders when used on swollen ankles for ten to fifteen minutes.

So, do you have  edema ? You can use the quick and easy checks to give you some indication. If you have, check with your doctor to see if it could be the result of some other medical condition, and if it’s just a mild case then start exercising more, and visiting the toilet on a regular basis.

Now, let’s say goodbye to water retention.