Prevention of lymphoedema

Prevention of lymphoedema

Lymphoedema patients should have a self-care program of regular gentle exercise, and wear compression garments or bandages. It is primordial to have a good skin care routine to avoid infections. A sign of infection should not be neglected and even the faintest sign of tinea should be treated immediately. It is important to avoid:

  • Cuts, abrasions or other tissue injuries
  • Sunburns
  • Direct heat such as hot baths and saunas
  • Wearing jewellery
  • Carrying heavy loads
     

It is advised to wear a bra professionally fitted and to ensure that any medical procedures such as injections, blood test or blood pressure readings are taken from the unaffected limb.

You could also have your Lymphoedema Index checked to establish a base line. Please click here for more information

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