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How to Reduce Swelling

Excessive build-up of fluid can cause swelling in your face, ankles, feet, and hands. Reduce pain and swelling and get back to your normal activities.


  • Step 1: Take a break If the swelling is related to an sport or activity you're engaged in, take a break from it for at least a few days.
  • TIP: In general, if your legs or feet are swollen, avoid standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time.
  • Step 2: Elevate Lie down, and use pillows to elevate the swollen area so that it is higher than your heart.
  • Step 3: Apply ice Once you're lying down, apply ice to the swollen area.
  • Step 4: Talk to your doctor Make an appointment with a doctor, and talk to them about medicines you can take and exercises you can do to encourage blood flow and help reduce swelling.
  • Step 5: Lower sodium Lower your sodium and caffeine intake. Add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet and avoid foods high in fat. Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Step 6: Keep skin cool Keep your skin cool when you are in a hot environment. Stay in locations that are air conditioned or relax in a pool. You'll feel better in no time.
  • FACT: 2 to 3 pounds of the weight you gain during pregnancy are due to increased fluids in your body.

You Will Need

  • Break
  • Doctor
  • Exercise
  • Ice
  • Healthy diet
  • Fluid
  • Cool environment

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