- Q: What is it?
A: Lymphedema is a collection of fluid in the arms and/or legs.
- Q:What causes it?
A: Lymphnode removal from surgery is the #1 reason for lymphedema. Lymph drainage is a system the body uses to get rid of foreign bacteria and viruses. It’s part of the immune system. If the lymph drainage is disrupted then fluid can accumulate. Radiation, some medications, liposuction and allergies can also cause lymphedema.
Oddly enough puberty or adulthood can also cause lymphedema, but researchers really don’t understand why this can happen sometimes.
- Q: How is this treated?
A: Compression garments help out with lymphedema to help keep fluid from accumulating. Also, lymphatic massage, light exercise, raising the limb above the heart can help.
Homeopathic drainage and botanical medicine is also helpful with lymphedema and circulation.
Lymphatic massage: you need to be careful with this one. There are many massage therapists claiming to do lymphatic massage. Interview the massage therapist before getting it done. Find someone who is trained and certified in doing lymph massage.
Homeopathic drainage: this is a method that helps drain the lymphatics at a cellular level.
There are different types of homeopathics that can work on lymphatic drainage depend on what the cause is.
Botanical Medicine: this is using plants to help target the lymph system and circulation this is very beneficial for lymph edema.
- Q: What are the symptoms/signs of lymphedema?
A: Included but not limited to feeling as though your clothes, rings, wristwatches, or bracelets are too tight; a feeling of fullness in your arms or legs; and less flexibility in your wrists, hands, and ankles. There can also be pain, redness involved with the fluid build up.
- Q: What can happen if left untreated?
A: Skin tightening and thickening can occur or even infection. Applying lotions helps to keep the skin pliable if not the skin can become hard and it can crack due to not enough oxygen getting to the skin. The skin has to exfoliate in order for the skin to breathe. If it doesn’t, all sorts of trouble can happen. If you get a cut check it often to make sure it is healing properly and putting on antibiotic ointment. If not, an infection can set in.
Wear sunscreen and/or insect repellent to help protect your skin when outdoors.
Also, make sure that no one does any blood pressures or drawing blood on the effected arm.