Central Coast Lymphedema
Phone: (805) 782-9300
Fax: (805) 782-9700
About Lymphedema & Lipedema
Lymphedema Risk Reduction
Risk Reduction Practices
Skin Care- Avoid trauma/injury and reduce infection risk
Keep extremity clean and dry.
Apply moisturizer daily to prevent chapping/chafing of skin.
Attention to nail care; do not cut cuticles.
Protect exposed skin with sunscreen and insect repellent.
Use care with razors to avoid nicks and skin irritation.
If possible, avoid punctures such as injections and blood draws.
Wear gloves while doing activities that may cause skin injury (i.e., gardening, working with tools, using chemicals such as detergent).
If scratches/punctures to skin occur, wash with soap and water, apply antibiotics, and observe for signs of infection (i.e. redness).
If a rash, itching, redness, pain, increased skin temperature, fever or flu-like symptoms occur, contact your physician immediately.
Should be well-fitting.
Support the at-risk limb with a compression garment for strenuous activity (i.e., weight lifting, prolonged standing, running).
Wear a well-fitting compression garment for air travel.
Activity & Lifestyle
Gradually build up the duration and intensity of any activity or exercise.
Take frequent rest periods during activity to allow for limb recovery.
Monitor the extremity during and after activity for any change in size, shape, tissue, texture, soreness, heaviness or firmness.
Maintain optimal weight
Avoid limb constriction.
If possible, avoid having blood pressure taken on the at-risk arm.
Wear loose fitting jewelry and clothing.
Avoid exposure to extreme cold, which can be associated with rebound swelling, or chapping of skin.
Avoid prolonged (15 minutes) exposure to heat, particularly hot tubs and saunas.
Avoid immersing limb in water temperatures above 102 degrees.
Avoid prolonged standing or sitting,.
When possible, avoid crossing legs.
Wear proper, well-fitting footwear.
See Some Examples
Fitted Compression Stockings
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