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Did You Know That Stage 1 Lymphedema is Considered Reversible?

Lymphedema Treatment

Lymphedema is a swelling that occurs from the accumulation of fluid in the tissues. Normally, during the circulation of the blood, fluid from the bloodstream leaks into the surrounding tissue. In the tissues, the lymphatic system is an open-ended microscopic system of thin-walled vessels that collect the fluid and ultimately return the fluid to the bloodstream. Lymphedema occurs when there is an overproduction of the lymph fluid which overwhelms the lymphatic system.

Symptoms of Lymphedema

Most lymphedema occurs in the arms or legs. Swelling may be barely noticeable or so extreme that using the arm or leg becomes impossible. In many cases, symptoms of lymphedema in the arm and leg include:

  • Swelling, possibly including fingers or toes

  • Aching or discomfort

  • A full or heavy sensation

  • Restricted range of movement

  • Tight or shiny skin

  • Advanced stages include fibrotic skin change

  • Blistering wounds

  • Lymphorrhea- Weeping fluid from limbs

  • Hemosiderin staining

  • Lack of indentation in the skin when pressed

  • Hardening and thickening of the skin

  • Small warts or blisters that leak clear fluid

  • Recurring infections.

"Lymphedema is a progressive disease. Patients reaching the later stages have experienced a great impact on their functional mobility and disruption to their lifestyle. That's why addressing it early keeps them on whatever stage they're currently in."