Everybody experiences bloating and swelling of some sort every once in a while, but water retention can be a serious condition. However, water retention causes are well-known and, most of the time, the condition can often be fixed by changing a few lifestyle factors.
Edema is nothing to be embarrassed about, so read on if you’re prone to a little excessive swelling and find out what’s causing it.
What Causes Edema?
According to the Mayo Clinic: “Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body’s tissues. Although edema can affect any part of your body, it’s most commonly noticed in the hands, arms, feet, ankles and legs (1).
Fluid retention if often caused by certain medical conditions and medications (2).
In fact, mild water retention causes include (3):
- Sitting or staying in one position for too long
- Eating too much salty food
- Premenstrual signs and symptoms
Edema can also be a side effect of some medications, including:
- High blood pressure medications
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Steroid drugs
- Certain diabetes medications called thiazolidinediones