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Choosing the Right Deodorant for Lymphedema Treatment

Managing your lymphedema is a lifelong commitment. The best prescription for minimizing lymphedema’s impact on your life involves following your healthcare practitioner’s advice carefully and faithfully. For instance, most patients will be advised to wear an appropriate compression garment.  Patients diagnosed with arm lymphedema, for example, will typically be advised to buy and wear a compression sleeve featuring graduated compression. …

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Can Allergies Trigger a Lymphedema Flare-Up?

When it comes to lymphedema and allergies, there is relatively little solid evidence that the two are directly linked. But that’s not to say there is no connection. Indeed, there is some anecdotal evidence that lymphedema flare-ups may be linked to worsening allergy symptoms. Accordingly, addressing your allergies may help with managing lymphedema symptoms. Consult your doctor for recommendations regarding …

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The Importance of Keeping Up With Medical Treatments During COVID-19

The COVID crisis has altered virtually every aspect of life. Everything from schools and restaurants to houses of worship have been shuttered, as people try to avoid close contact with others. And for good reason. Exposure to this dangerous, highly transmissible virus must be avoided as much as possible if we are to protect one another. New evidence suggests that …

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Head and Neck Exercises to Help Reduce Lymphedema Swelling

Lymphedema is a chronic condition that may occur after the delicate vessels and/or nodes that comprise the lymphatic system become damaged and fail to drain properly. The lymphatic system parallels the blood circulatory system. But unlike the more familiar circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not rely on a central pump — the heart — to keep fluids moving along. …

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The Difference Between Medical Compression Wear and Shapewear

Medical compression wear and body shapewear can be similar. But there are key differences between these body-hugging garments. While they both squeeze a particular area of the body (usually the midriff, in the case of shapewear), medical-grade compression wear does not function in the same way as shapewear. Nor is its purpose solely cosmetic. For starters, medical-grade compression garments are …

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Is “Prehab” the Solution to Preventing Lymphedema?

Lymphedema has long been recognized as a chronic, treatable — but incurable — condition in which excess lymph fluid accumulates in affected tissues and causes swelling, discomfort, and other related problems. It is frequently associated with life-saving treatments for potentially deadly diseases such as breast cancer. That’s because these treatments often include therapies such as biopsy or surgical removal of …

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COVID-19 and Lymphedema: What You Need to Know

It would be an understatement to suggest that the current global crisis is merely unprecedented. Unparalleled, unheard-of…adjectives fail to convey the astounding nature of our situation. By now it’s hard to imagine anyone remains who is not aware of the threat of the novel coronavirus. But what is COVID-19, and how can you prevent coronavirus infection? And who is at …

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A New Way of Diagnosing Lymphedema?

Recently, doctors involved in lymphedema research at Tomsk University, Siberia, announced a potential new method for diagnosing lymphedema. The method combines an imaging technology known as “multiphoton imaging” with sophisticated computing known as machine learning. Multiphoton imaging enables real-time analysis of living tissue, using near-infrared light. In essence, the technique allows scientists to look more deeply into skin tissue without …

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Common Skin Conditions to Lookout for With Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a chronic condition characterized by swelling in an affected limb or area of the body. Lymphedema typically manifests after trauma or following certain treatments for conditions such as breast cancer. These treatments, including surgical removal of underarm lymph nodes, chemotherapy, or radiation, may damage or destroy local lymph nodes and/or vessels. Careful management of symptoms may slow or …

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Improve Functionality with Lymphedema Exercises

Maintaining a healthy lymphatic system is in everyone’s best interest. It’s not just for patients diagnosed with the lymphatic system disorder, lymphedema. The lymphatic system consists of a network of vessels and nodes — plus the spleen. These vessels and nodes are present throughout the body, roughly paralleling the more familiar blood circulatory system. But there’s one key difference. While …