How Do You Treat Pitting Edema?
Treating pitting edema is an important step in managing the symptoms of this condition and reducing its progression. Pitting edema can be treated with lifestyle changes, elevation, compression garments, and more.
For lifestyle changes, it’s recommended to avoid high-sodium diets and to get regular exercise. Light exercise can encourage the movement of fluids flowing throughout your body and reduce swelling.
Another treatment option is elevating the affected limb. By elevating the limb that’s filled with fluid, you can encourage drainage and reduce some of the swelling. Another lymphedema treatment and management recommendation is wearing compression garments, such as sleeves and stockings. Compression garments encourage blood flow by using gradual compression, which can help reduce swelling and relieve pain.
Pneumatic compression devices are also great at-home management options. Tactile Medical’s Flexitouch Plus system is designed for the upper body, lower body, and head and neck. By stimulating the lymphatic system and encouraging the flow of lymphatic fluid, Flexitouch Plus can help relieve swelling, pain, and other symptoms associated with lymphedema. When wearing the Flexitouch Plus garments, mild, dynamic pressure is delivered in 1-3 second intervals to create a gentle work and release action to direct fluid across the body’s watershed. At Tactile Medical, we’ll work with you and your doctor to find a treatment option that works for you.