Water retention is the accumulation of the water in the body, especially in the hands, ankles and feet. Of course, it may appear in any part of your body, but most of the time it affects the hands and feet.
The most common signs of hands and wrists swelling is the appearance of edema, puffiness, stretched or shiny skin.
If the swelling is not caused by other conditions such as arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, then you can easily treat it at home using some natural remedies without being necessary to take medicines.
Wearing a splint on one or both hands, using a different keyboard, adding a wrist support or changing the angle of the hand and wrist may provide relief.
After a fall or other traumatic event, the forearm should be immobilized in a sling or wrap to prevent further injury.
Applying a cold pack to the affected area helps to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation. To prevent injury to the skin, the ice should be wrapped in a towel before applying it, and should only be left in place for 20 minutes at a time.
Elevating the extremity above the heart for 30 minutes several times a day can improve blood flow to the heart and reduce swelling. Sleeping with the forearm elevated on pillows can also be helpful.
Stretching and strength exercises that move the muscles of the hand and wrist can help to return the excess fluid to the heart. Massaging the hand can also help to reduce swelling. If exercise and massage cause pain, then you should take a warm bath, because these activities will feel better after that.
Compressing the wrist and hand with an ace wrap or glove can prevent fluid from accumulating in the affected area. Wraps or gloves should be snug but not tight enough to compromise circulation to the fingers.
Diet and Fluids
If the swelling is caused by gout, you should reduce alcohol, meat, fish and poultry. Drinking plenty of water and reducing sodium in the diet may help to reduce swelling caused by a variety of conditions.
This is one of the best home remedies for swollen hands and feet and is also known as epsom salt. A bath with magnesium sulfate can help you get rid of swelling, inflammation and pain. It draws out excess fluids and toxins from your body. Mix 2 cups of Epsom salt in warm bathwater. Soak in it for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat up to 3 times a week.
Regular massage is another effective home remedy for swollen hands and feet. Massaging with gentle strokes creates pressure on the affected skin and muscle areas.
It is helpful in reducing swelling and pain by helping your body remove excess fluids. Parsley has diuretic effects.
It means it increases the volume and frequency of urine. By frequent urination excess fluid is flushed out from the body.
Add 1 teaspoon of dried parsley to 2 cups of water. Boil it for 10 minutes, then strain it. Drink it once daily in the morning before eating breakfast.