You can wake up feeling rejuvenated and refreshed in the morning or you can wake up in pain and groggy. Your mornings may be unpleasant because of swollen feet and hands, but there is a way you can treat these problems.
Firstly, you need to find what causes the swollen limbs. There are a number of reasons for that.
Dehydration is the main cause for swollen limbs. The number of chronically dehydrated people round the world is very high. Dehydration causes the body to switch its survival mode on and in this case it retains water. This can lead to swollen joints. Drink more water during the day.
- Sleeping position
Strange sleeping position can cause swollen limbs. In addition, it can also cause insomnia or sleep apnea and can make it impossible for you to get a good night’s sleep.
Swelling is normal in case you are suffering from arthritis. There are certain medications which can help you reduce the symptoms.
- Kidney Issues
People afflicted with kidney issues may have swollen legs, hands, and joints since the function of the kidneys is to eliminate toxins from the body.
- High Sodium Diet
Americans eat too much salty food. Salt leads to water retention, thereby causing swollen feet and hands.
Pregnant women could experience swelling. Women who are pregnant need to drink more water because they become easily dehydrated. Be careful what medications you take during your pregnancy and consult with your obstetrician about your diet.
Injuries of any type can lead to swelling in the feet and hands. People who spend most of their time in front of the computer may also experience swollen hands as a consequence of overusing them and swelling in the legs from disusing them. Take breaks during your day and exercise your legs in order to prevent deep vein thrombosis.
There are a number of diseases which can lead to swollen limbs accompanied with other symptoms as well. The list of symptoms is too long for this article, however in case of strange symptoms, consult a physician.
Hot to Treat Swelling
You can treat swollen limbs in a number of ways, but most methods require medication. However, for those of you who would like to try something natural:
- Cold and Hot Compress
You can use either a cold or a hot compress to reduce the swelling, it depends on the cause. You can treat allergic reactions with an ice pack. On the other hand, you should treat an injury with hot compress.
You can reduce the swelling by gently massaging the swollen area. Nevertheless, make sure not to injure the area.
- Mustard Oil
Use this oil as a massage oil. Apply this oil on the affected are and gently massage it for about five minutes in order to reduce swelling.
- Compression Materials
If your limbs get swollen at night, you need to put on compression leggings before going to bed. These leggings are going to regulate the blood flow and they will reduce the swelling in the legs. Use compression gloves for your hands.
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