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Natural Diuretic Foods For Edema
Leg edema: Yes, Diurex can be used to help leg edema, but is not a strong fluid pill. It is mainly used for the bloating and water retention associated with menstral cycles. If you are just having swelling in the legs and nothing else, you should see your doc to investigate further. Elevate your legs often, to help make the swelling go away, without the use of medication. Hope this was helpful. ...Read more
By strict definition, a diuretic is any medicine causing increased urination. More practically, a diuretic is a medicine causing the kidney to secrete excess fluid by blocking the re-absorption of either water itself or electrolytes like sodium (primarily), potassium, chloride and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). These medicines are effective treatments for many disorders including ...Read more
Caffeine, but...: Caffeine is a "natural" diuretic, so theoretically that could work. But, if you have pulmonary edema, i would not trust a "natural" diuretic. You need to be evaluated immediately. Pulmonary edema may be the sign of something more serious, like a heart attack. So, if you have pulmonary edema, you need to get checked out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Re diuretics used for CHF and thirst effect what should average fluid intake for 84 yr old/180 pound be? Does excess negate the diuretic?
Diuretics & fluids: A normal adult should drink about 2 liters of fluid a day to maintain healthy body functioning. As we get older we drink less and have less thirst, so it reduces to about 1.5 liters a day. Generally, when you are put on a diuretic, the amount of fluid that is recommended does not change. In fact, if you restrict your fluid intake and take a diuretic, you are at risk for serious dehydration. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Taking Benicar (olmesartan) 40/ hct 12.5 but my potassium is 3.0 as the diuretic is causing potassium loss. Any other meds to control htn & replace hctz diuretic?
Low potassium levels: Your low potassium (k) could be worsened by magnesium (m) loss due to hct. Your k won't be normal unless the m is repleted. At your age, with a history of cardiac disease, you may have some chronic kidney disease. Hct won't work if you've <50% of your kidney function left. If your BP isn't controlled on your meds, ask your doc to rx Furosemide (f) as a diuretic. F causes urine loss of m and k too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In addition to eating right, exercises and lowering salt intake, are there any natural herbs or remedies that can lower really high blood pressure quickly ?
Besides reducing salt intake, exercise, and massage, what pharmacological treatments other than diuretics, may be helpful for facial edema?
Facial Edema: Causes of facial edema: allergic reactions, angioedema, blood transfusion reaction, cellulitis, conjunctivitis (inflammation of the eye), drug reactions, including those due to aspirin, penicillin, sulfa, glucocorticoids, and others, head, nose, or jaw surgery, injury or trauma to the face (such as a burn), malnutrition (when severe), obesity, salivary gland disorders, sinusitis. ...Read more
They're different: They're apples and oranges! Lasix (furosemide) is a potent diuretic. Spironolactone is a weak diuretic that is usually used with Furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide because it helps counteract the loss by the kidneys of potassium those diuretics cause. Moreover, it counteracts a hormone that make heart failure worse and that effect is independent of its diuretic effect. ...Read more
Besides lowering salt intake. Are there any natural herbs or remedies that can lower really high blood pressure quickly?
I'm trying acia berry natural weight loss supplement with green tea extract colon cleanse, is it effective and how ?
Healthtap Doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. The best approach to weight loss is physical activity and good food/ portion choices. Some of the colon cleanses can be risky for your health. Natural, fresh organic juicing with protein powder & appropriate supplementation can be beneficial - but you need to be knowledgeable about it before hand. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are there any alternative to using warm salty water rinse for htn patients to avoid salty taste mouth and the additional sodium. ?
Peroxide and water: This is the time of year for sore throats and colds, so i assume you are gargling with salt water to alleviate the symptoms. Mix water and peroxide half and half and gargle with that instead, then spit it out. ...Read more
Is there any disadvantage/ side effect to low sodium salt? When compared to salt, is low sodium salt definitely better alternative?
Probably no need: Views about sodium have changed over the years. The current consensus is higher sodium intake is harmless in the absence of high blood pressure and certain heart, kidney, liver or other metabolic problems. Probably you can use salt in cooking and salt your food to taste without worry. Salt substitues usually have potassium, which can have its own problems. If in doubt, check w/ your doctor. ...Read more
Severe water retention with period, any natural way to alleviate? I already reduce sodium. Does exercise and green tea help? Does cranberry juice?
Water retention: Over the counter medications containing diuretics can help. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol & salt. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or black cohosh with your physician's approval. Sipping green tea can help as it has a diuretic effect. So can exercise. ...Read more
Is it safe for a hypertensive to drink liquid supplements (combination of herbs, fruits, vegies, grains)? Examples are brands like "Zeal" & "Intra".
Mom is taking telmisartan for high bp. Can she eat banana, avo, salmon, spinach, etc. Cause the drug causes Hyperkalemia and hyponatremia, right?
Potassium: I haven't found that that class of antihypertensive medications(ARB's), cause hyponatremia and have not caused hyperkalemia unless the patient had kidney disease or was taking potassium supplements or taking other potassium retaining medications like aldactone (spironolactone) or ACE inhibitors. I don't think food intake in normal amounts should promote hyperkalemia but periodic blood work should be ordered anyway ...Read more
Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more
Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more
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