How To Reduce Swelling
Overview Of Swelling
Mild inflammation will eventually decrease on its own. Home treatment might help alleviate symptoms. Inflammation and discomfort are very common with injuries. When you have inflammation you must look for other signs of injury that might need to be assessed by your GP. If you have a medical illness that might cause inflammation, follow your GP’s guidelines on how to cure your inflammation.
- Rest and look after the affected area. Take a break from any activities that might be causing your discomfort or pain.
- Lift the swollen area on pillows while placing ice on it. Make sure to keep the affected area at or above the level of your heart to help reduce inflammation.
- Avoid standing and sitting for lengthy periods of time. Exercising the legs reduces the weight, therefore the inflammation will go down.
- A low-sodium diet might help decrease the inflammation.
- Drink lots of fluids to help avoid inflammation caused by dehydration.
Taking Medication To Reduce Swelling
- Carefully read all instructions on the medication bottle.
- Make sure you don’t take more than the suggested dosage.
- Do not take medication if you have had a hypersensitive reaction to it previously.
- If you have been instructed to avoid a certain medication, phone your GP before you take it.
- If you are or might be expecting a baby, do not take any medication other than acetaminophen except if your GP has instructed you to do so.
Symptoms To Look Out For
Phone your GP if any of the following take place while treating inflammation at home:
- Inflammation escalates or spreads.
- Additional symptoms develop, such as soreness, fever, headache, problem breathing, or a decline in urination.
- Symptoms become more serious or regular.