Love the skin you’re in - we hear this all the time but for anyone with lymphedema it’s especially important to show your skin some love. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and protects us from bacteria that could cause infection. Wearing garments or bandages can stress skin, it may get dry, or may already be fragile and need special care. The goal of good skin care for lymphedema is to keep the skin intact and reduce the risk of infection as much as possible.
What does good skin care look like?
With lymphedema, especially stage 3 lymphedema that may have skin changes and skin folds, it is extremely important to:
- Keep it Clean-use a gentle cleanser that is moisturizing without fragrances
- Keep it Dry-dry skin gently but thoroughly, especially in skin folds and between toes
- Keep it Moisturized-apply a moisturizer immediately after bathing with a moisturizer specifically for dry skin without fragrances.
- Keep Safe from the Sun-wear sunscreen or protective clothing when out in the sun.
Treat any cuts, scratches, or insect bites immediately to avoid infection. Also don’t forget nail care, the area around the nails can become dry and crack allowing for bacteria to enter.
Every person’s skin and needs are unique, so it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider to get recommendations for you. Caring for your skin is a big part in your lymphedema treatment and maintenance.
You also might like
Pediatric Lymphedema - Brylan’s Feat and Camp Watchme
We wanted to share with you a fantastic organization that helps children all around the world to find treatment and assistance to get the help they need.Read more
Holistic treatment for Lymphedema and Lipedema
Lymphedema and lipedema are both lifelong chronic conditions, the most important part of a treatment plan is finding a qualified health care provider who is well trained in treating these chronic diseases.
Winter Dinner Party
It's a familiar situation: a holiday season packed with indulgent treats, heavy meals, and a list of shows we want to watch on TV. This, combined with weather that's not always great leaves us with little time or inclination to exercise and move. This article won't solve all these issues but will hopefully inspire you with simple, healthy dinner recipes.Read more
Choose the Support You Need
Discover Our Services and Get the Help You Need
Don’t sit around and go through this in silence. Share your story. Doing that was a real eye-opener for me
Claudia Lymphedema patient