Wittlinger Lymphedema Clinic


What is the most effective treatment for lymphedema?
Conclusions Complete decongestive physiotherapy is a highly effective treatment for both primary and secondary lymphedema. The initial reductions in volume achieved are maintained in the majority of the treated patients.
Can lymphedema go away?
Lymphedema can't be cured, but you can control the swelling and keep it from getting worse. Getting to and staying at a healthy weight may make it better, but "water pills" usually won't. Specialized lymphedema therapists can also help you manage the condition.
What triggers lymphedema?
Experts believe primary lymphedema is caused by genetic mutation. Secondary lymphedema can be caused by other conditions such as infections and inflammatory diseases. In some cases, lymphedema can lead to skin infections and lymphangitis. Protecting the skin can help reduce the risk of lymphedema.
What are the four stages of lymphedema?
Stage 0: Latent or Subclinical Stage. In stage 0, the edema is not visible or even evident using limb measurements despite impaired lymph transport. ... Stage 1: Mild Stage. In stage 1, fluid starts to collect in the affected area and causes swelling. ... Stage 2: Moderate Stage. ... Stage 3: Severe stage.
What should you not do with lymphedema?
Avoid trauma or injury to the affected area. Avoid heavy lifting with the affected arm. No new tattoos in the affected area. Do not wear tight clothing, bands, shoes, or jewelry on the affected area.
How can I improve the lymphatic drainage in my legs?
Start at the top of your leg. Place one hand on the inside of your leg and one hand on the back of your leg, without straining your wrist, hand or arm. Gently stretch and release the skin from the inside of your leg towards the side of your leg and up towards your hip. Shift your hands lower on your leg and repeat.
Is a hot tub good for lymphedema?
Many people enjoy soaking in a hot tub; however, it too raises the body temperature and can increase the swelling of lymphedema. For those who are at risk of developing lymphedema, but do not yet have symptoms, soaking in a hot tub could cause the development of lymphedema
Does apple cider vinegar help the lymphatic system?
Apple cider vinegar's potassium content helps to break up mucus in the body and clearing the lymph nodes. This also aids in the removal of toxins.