What Body Swelling Really Means

By First Posted: Jun 24, 2011 Fri 7:23 AM Updated: Oct 31, 2016 Mon 10:43 PM
What Body Swelling Really Means
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Do you experience swelling in your body every now and then? You are not alone. Many people go through this dibilating condition at some point in their lives. Almost all women experience it during pregnancy. But if you are not pregnant, and the swelling is persistent, it is cause for worry indeed.

Causes of Swelling

Most common causes of swelling in the limbs is excess use of sodium in the diet. Pregnancy, menopause, use of hormonal medicines and pre-menstrual symptoms are other conditions where you may experience swelling of body parts. But apart from these conditions, swelling could also be the result of obesity, anaemia, cancer, hypertension and hyperthyroidism.


To control the swelling in hands, raise your arms and clinch your hands. This exercise drains excess water from the hands and helps in reducing swelling. Soaking your limbs in saline water also helps. But if the swelling is persistent, it is very important to seek medical advice bacause you need to find out the root cause of the problem.

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