4 Things You Should Know About Lymphedema

Lymphedema, also known as lymphatic obstruction, is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system.  Although not all breast cancer patients will get Lymphedema, there are some preventative measures you should take after having the lymphatic nodes removed.

  1. Do not have blood pressure taken or have blood drawn on the arm that has had nodes removed.
  2. Keep nails and skin clean and cared for, to prevent infection.  Treat small cuts or breaks in the skin with an antibacterial ointment.
  3. When getting a manicure, remember to tell them not to cut your cuticles or use a nail drill.
  4. When flying it is highly recommended that you get measured properly for a compression sleeve, and wear it an hour before the flight, during the flight and an hour after before you take it off.  This is simply a precaution due to the change in the cabin pressure.

The first signs may be subjective observations such as “my arm feels heavy” or “I have difficulty getting rings off my fingers” . These may be symptoms of early stages of lymphedema where accumulation of lymph fluid is still mild and may not cause any noticeable difference in the circumference of the arm.

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Visit our shop in Weymouth, MA to talk to our specialists about fitting you with compression wraps, garments, and arm sleeves for lymphedema along with answering any questions you might have. Our unique shop offers a wealth of knowledge and product inventory for patients undergoing treatments for ailments such as lymphedema, and other oncology and cancer treatments and surgeries. We offer private consultations in a comfortable environment and want to help make you feel as comfortable as possible during your treatment.

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