February 25, 2010

Ascites Signs & Symptoms

Posted in Category : Common Ailments


Ascites is a condition characterized by the accumulation of fluid in the space between the two membranes that separate the organs held within the abdominal cavity from the abdominal wall. In most cases the accumulation of this fluid in the abdominal cavity can be attributed to the increase in blood pressure within the veins during the drainage of the liver. This excessive pressure may be the result of liver damage or the impaired drainage of the lymph system that takes any excess fluids and particles away from the liver. Another contributing factor is the low levels of albumin and other proteins in the blood, causing the force holding plasma water within the blood vessels to be significantly reduced, thereby leading to the secretion of the hormone aldosterone. Ascites tends to occur more commonly in people suffering from long standing or chronic disorders, than when compared to the acute or short term ones. Some of the more common of these conditions include cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis and the obstruction of the hepatic vein. The milder versions of the condition may not display any noticeable symptoms. Any family history of liver disease will normally significantly help diagnose the condition. Other medical tests such as blood tests, including blood cell counts, will help substantiate the health status of the liver and its functions. Some of the other symptoms include swelling of the legs, a difficulty in breathing as well as heart palpitations.


It is essential that you consult a doctor for the most effective treatment options, because of the fact that the condition can become very serious if left untreated. There are a few home remedy treatment options that will help control the condition. You could try boiling about 25 grams of gram in ¼ liter of water and straining it and drinking after the quantity of the water has reduced to about half. Follow this treatment on a daily basis for a period of about three weeks for optimum results. You could also try mixing half a teaspoon of garlic juice in 125 milliliters of water and drink the concoction for a few weeks. Radish is another effective treatment option for ascites. You should try mixing ½ cup of the juice extracted from radish leaves with a little water. Strain and drink this juice on a daily basis. Increasing your intake of onion is also known to be a very efficient diuretic and a good medicine treatment for ascites.