Lasix For Excess Fluid

Water Retention Treatment To Reduce Excess Fluid

Juliette Lynch

The treatment of edema (swelling caused by fluid retention) should be directed at the underlying cause, following careful diagnosis. Treatment options will also vary according to the severity of the symptoms. For example, pulmonary edema is a potentially life-threatening condition and needs immediate treatment. This is because excess fluid in the lungs adversely affects the transfer of oxygen from the lungs to the bloodstream. Pulmonary edema commonly requires supplemental oxygen, mechanical ventilation (eg. a respirator which forces air into the lungs), and several medications. Edema and fluid retention caused by hypothyroidism can only be relieved by treating the thyroid malfunction with thyroxine. Other, milder forms of edema caused by water retention unrelated to specific medical conditions may be treated differently. Here is a short outline of some treatment options.

Sodium induces water retention. Thus sodium reduction is an obvious treatment. Patients with edema are generally encouraged to lower their intake of sodium, by reducing the amount of salt in their diet. Dietitians advise patients to stop adding salt to food when cooking, or when eating. And to avoid foods like salted snackfoods, packet or canned soups, soy sauce and processed foods, all of which tend to contain ‘hidden’ salt. How much sodium should edema sufferers consume? One leading expert recommends women to reduce their daily sodium intake to 1, 000 milligrams. (Normal Sodium RDA is 3, 500 milligrams).

Physical exercise helps tp widen blood vessels. This leads to an increase in the amount of fluid that goes to the kidneys to be excreted. How much exercise helps to reduce fluid retention? A thirty minute workout or brisk walk, three times a week should help your body to let go of excess water.

Diuretics induce the kidneys to excrete more water and sodium, thus reducing fluid volume throughout the body. However, since fluid removal decreases the blood volume and may cause an unhealthy reduction in blood pressure, the use of diuretics should be medically supervised. The principal diuretics used to treat edema include: loop diuretics (eg. furosemide, Lasix®), and potassium sparing diuretics (eg. spironalactone). While diuretics may help to improve many types of edema, they are not univerally appropriate. For example, they do not benefit edema resulting from venous insufficiency or during pregnancy, where typically fluid retention is normal. Note: If you want a natural diuretic to help your cells get rid of extra water, try pink grapefruit juice, cranberry juice or some lemon in water.


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If she already has heart problems and is having

Swelling it is quite possible that she is having CHF, congestive heart failure. Her dr. or the E.R. can give her lasix to remove the excess fluid. If that is indeed the problem it needs to be addressed today because the fluid can back up into her lungs and cause difficulty breathing. Laying down will help it improve slightly, but it doesn't fix the problem, only the looks of it.
Drs. prefer to be called during office hours so call today, since the weekend is about to start.
Ask her if she has any pitting edema in her extremities, she'll know what that is since she's a nurse

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