How serious is lymphedema in the legs?
Severe cases of lymphedema can affect the ability to move the affected limb, increase the risks of skin infections and sepsis, and can lead to skin changes and breakdown.
How do I get rid of lymphedema in my legs?
Compression bandages or garments, pumps, and stockings fitted over affected limbs, can all act as a counterforce to muscles. This stimulates more effective lymph drainage. The combination of exercise and compression encourages the fluid to move out of the affected limb.
Can lymphedema of legs go away?
There’s no cure for lymphedema. Treatment focuses on reducing the swelling and preventing complications.
Does drinking more water help lymphedema?
Absolutely! Because the body is more prone to hold onto excess liquid when it feels dehydrated, drinking enough water is especially important for those with lymphedema so they can maintain a healthy fluid and chemical balance.
Is walking and exercise good for lymphedema in the legs?
Physical activity encourages fluid to drain into the lymphatic system in the abdomen. Walking, swimming, yoga, Pilates all might help to encourage the lymph to move. Pelvic floor exercises may also help.
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