The Truth about Swelling
Swelling is a term used to describe a part of the body that
increases with size &/or volume.
Despite this common, umbrella term “swelling”, there are various
types. Also there are numerous reasons
why our body swells. The two basic types
of swelling are edema & lymphedema.
Edema is the water-base fluid that can build up in any part of the body.
Usually edema results in shiny, tight skin texture which pits when the skin is
squeezed. Lymphedema is a protein-rich
fluid that can also build up in any part of the body. Usually lymphedema results in firm, dense
skin texture that is non-pitting when the skin is squeezed. Both of these types of fluids are centered
around the lymphatic system.