Avoiding Lymphoedema, or keeping it in check

Avoid temperature extremes, such as:

  • Hot baths, hot showers, turkish baths, saunas
  • Burns (cooking, sunburn)
  • Travel in extremely hot or cold climates

Avoid infection, by avoiding:

  • Insect bites (use insect repellent)
  • Vaccinations or acupuncture in the affected limb
  • Skin punctures or cuts (pet scratches, manicures)
  • Gardening (wear gloves)
  • Cuts on the feet (wear shoes on the beach)

Avoid blunt traumas to the affected limb, such as:

  • Blood pressure cuffs (use other arm)
  • Tight clothing (like bra straps, or tops of socks)
  • Heavy breast prostheses
  • Jewellery which could be constrictive

General Precautions

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Add a slice of lemon to your water
  • Excellent nutrition – avoid table salt and fatty foods. Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Selenium – a dietary mineral sourced in garlic, eggs, brazil nuts, cabbage
  • Avoid alcohol (drink water to counteract the effects), caffeine and nicotine
  • Maintain optimal weight
  • Meticulous cleanliness – use pH balanced cleansers and lotions
  • Sleep with limb elevated – let gravity help
  • Gentle exercise – walking, swimming
  • Seek treatment for even the slightest infection
  • Treat cellulitis immediately with antibiotics

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