What Are the Types of Edema?

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What are the types of edema?

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Edema is the medical term for swelling. It can affect a small area or the entire body. Edema can be triggered by so many factors like medications, pregnancy, infections and so on. Edema can be divided into so many subtypes based on the organs involved. Here come the subtypes:
  • Pedal edema: It usually occurs when fluid gathers in your feet and lower legs, especially at an older age or during pregnancy.
  • Lymphedema: It usually occurs when there are swellings in the arms and legs due to the damage to your lymph nodes.
  • Cerebral edema: It usually occurs when fluid builds up in the brain because of hitting head hard, the blockage of blood vessels, allergic reaction and tumors.
  • Macular edema: It usually occurs when fluid builds up in the center of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.
  • Peripheral edema: It usually occurs when fluid gathers the legs, feet, ankles, and sometimes the arms. It may be the warning sign for your circulatory system, lymph nodes, or kidneys.
  • Pulmonary edema: It usually occurs when fluid collects in the air sacs in your lungs. The condition may become worse when lying down.
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