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Are you worried about your Peripheral Oedema?

What causes Peripheral Oedema?

Those who have a sedentary lifestyle with minimal exercise often sitting or standing for long periods of time are more likely to develop oedema. Unhealthy diets that contain high levels of salt in those who are overweight will also increase your risk of developing the condition. However, it is common for women to experience some oedema during pregnancy and in some cases swelling in your legs could be a side effect of taking certain medications such as steroids, contraceptive pills, or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as well as those used to treat blood pressure and depression.

What can you do at home?

In most cases swelling in your legs will often pass on its own but there are things that you can do at home to help alleviate your discomfort or prevent it from occurring in the future. Check the list below for some helpful advice.


  • Elevate your legs using a chair or cushions placed underneath the affected foot
  • It is important to remain active, gentle exercises will help improve the blood flow in your limbs and improve your symptoms
  • Try to wear suitable shoes that do not constrict your feet, wider shoes with low heals will be more comfortable
  • It is a good idea to keep your feet clean and moisturised to help prevent infections
  • Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time
  • Try to maintain a healthy and balanced diet with a low salt intake
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You should also seek further medical attention if you experience any of the following:

Oedema is a common problem that for most people does not indicate a serious disease and in time, it will usually pass on its own. However, if you are diabetic, or feel your symptoms are severe, the affected area is red and feels hot to touch, or the swelling has appeared suddenly with no obvious cause it would be a good idea to consult a doctor to see what can be done to alleviate your symptoms. Particularly if both of your limbs are affected and it has had a significant impact of your quality of life. However, if you experience any of the symptoms listed below you should seek emergency medical assistance immediately.


  • If you are suffering shortness of breath or are finding it very difficult to breath normally
  • Shortness of breath when lying down
  • If your chest is feeling tight, compressed or it is painful to breath
  • If you bring up blood when you cough
Are you worried about your Peripheral Oedema?

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