Lymphoedema: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

The following steps may help reduce the risk of developing lymphedema
  • Keep the affected arm or leg elevated above the level of the heart, when possible
  • Avoid tight garments or jewellery
  • Avoid direct heat onto the skin
  • Drink plenty of water. Keep yourself hydrated
  • Avoid heavy lifting and forceful activity with the affected limb
  • Practice thorough and careful skin hygiene
  • Avoid insect bites and sunburns

Watch Out

  • Skin rash
  • Pain, tenderness, redness or swelling
  • Red, warm or draining sore

When to See Doctor

Consult a doctor if you experience symptoms like:
  • Heaviness and swelling in the affected area
  • Tightness of skin and burning sensation
  • Aching 
  • Pins and needles 
  • Darting pains 
  • Painful joints

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