Anyone suffering with lymphoedema is well aware of the difficulties that this condition presents them in daily life. Lymphoedema affects more often the limbs, but also the torso, pelvic area, armpits, neck and face.
Signs and Symptoms;
Heaviness- limiting the ability to do daily activities
Mishapened limb - making it difficult to wear clothes, footwear or jewellry
Pain - this can be in the affected area itself or in a joint or muscle compensating for the increased weight
Numbness/Pins and Needles - this can be experienced in the affected area
Loss of Self Confidence
Body Image Anxiety
Part B- skin care
Education about skin care is very important and in includes keeping the skin moisturised daily to avoid any potential infection via dry, cracked skin.
Avoid any direct harm to the affected area ie insect bite, sunburn, injections, or blood pressure cuff.