Lymphedema most often develops in one arm to leg but may be present in both arms and both legs. it may also occur in the hands or feet, even in the chest, back, neck, face abdomen, and genitals.
is a caused by malformation of lymphatic system.These malformations are most common in women. Symptoms may be present at birth or may develop later , often during puberty or pregnancy. Primary Lymphedema is most common in the legs, but may also occur in the arms or torso.
is a result of damage to lhe lymphatic system. Surgical procedures such as mastectomies, lumpectomies with radiation and / or removal of lymph node are the most common causes . Secondary Lymphedema occurs most commonly in the arms, but may also develop in the legs.
Manual Lymph Drainage is necessary to manage fluid volume of the affected extremity to a normal or near normal size. Bandages are used in the phase 1 and compression garments in phase 2
Graduated compression garments are necessary to maintain the reduce limb and are design to replace the bandages that were used earlier in treatment .
They are worn during the day while you are active .At night when you sleep , bandages or night garment are usually worn . The compression garments help
to keep swelling down , improve circulation , and prevent the re-accumulation of lymph fluid in the area.
With lymphedema , the skin is usually dry and may crack easily, making it very susceptible to inspection . A low-pH lostion, free of alcholo and fragrances should be used to maintain the moisture of the skin to protect it . If the infection develops, consult your physician immediately.
An effective decongestive exercise program aids that muscular system to move lymph fluid out of affected area.