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A 30-year-old member asked:

what are the signs of water retention?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Dependent edema: Mild sodium/fluid retention is seen as "bags" under eyes after laying down or as swelling in lower extremities after standing. Common even in younger people if they have eaten a fair amount of salt or had to stand motionless for prolonged periods. Swelling up the leg is more advanced retention. If retention due to left heart failure, fluid can back up into lungs causing breathlessness.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How can I manage water retention?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Improving muscle ton: Most women who are pregnant develop some water retention. This is due to the hormone Progesterone as well as changes in the circulatory system that occur with pregnancy. Elevating your feet, warm baths, swimming, support stockings, leg exercises will all help temporarily relieve the symptoms of water retention.
Dr. Bradford Romans
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Also , try to avoid salt
Aug 8, 2013
Dr. Myra Skluth
Dr. Myra Skluth commented
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Eat less than 2000mg sodium per day. Don't eat fast food
Aug 10, 2013
Dr. Vicken Poochikian
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
First need to know cause of fluid retention. Mostly Cardiovascular, induced by some medications, renal and diet. Once we diagnose underlying cause then you treat it accordingly. I agree that salt retention and elevating legs can help , but may not be enough.
Aug 16, 2013
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is premenstrual water retention normal?

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Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 16 years experience
Yes: Many women experience water weight gain around the time of their menstruation - this is a normal response to the change in their circulating hormones. It may be somewhat uncomfortable but rarely requires special treatment.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What helps to alleviate water retention?

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Dr. Steve Montoya
Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Less water intake: Less water intake.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How can you reduce water retention?

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Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 15 years experience
Diuretic: Watch you salt/sodium intake. If your swelling is severe you may uber other problems like kidney issues. Follow up with your doctor.
Medford, OR
A 33-year-old female asked:

Im on hydrochlorathiazide for water retention.Dr. Put me on this two yrs.Ago.Have new dr.Now n was wondering why im just left on this med.N dr.Doesnt evaluate?What do I say to him about why im just left on this med?

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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Ask: Ask your new doctor if you still need to be on it. If it is really just for water retention and not for high blood pressure, then you could most likely be weaned off it without any problem. When people are treated with diuretics for swelling, it can be difficult to get off your medication without the swelling coming back. You might want to see an herbalist. Exercise can be very helpful too.

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