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How to Treat Swollen Limbs

Swollen limbs can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury, infection, inflammation, or circulation problems. The treatment for swollen limbs will depend on the underlying cause of the swelling. Here are some general guidelines for treating swollen limbs:

  1. Rest: If the swelling is caused by an injury, rest the affected limb and avoid putting weight on it.

  2. Elevation: Elevate the affected limb above the heart level to reduce swelling. This helps to drain excess fluid from the area.

  3. Compression: Wear compression stockings or wrap the affected limb with an elastic bandage to help reduce swelling.

  4. Ice: Apply an ice pack to the affected area for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day. This can help reduce inflammation and swelling.

  5. Medication: Take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, to help relieve pain and reduce swelling.

  6. Massage: Gentle massage of the affected limb can help improve circulation and reduce swelling.

If the swelling persists or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as redness, warmth, or fever, seek medical attention. Your doctor can help determine the underlying cause of the swelling and recommend appropriate treatment.

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