Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Summer Lymphedema Tips

Everyone is feeling the heat of summer right now. If you wear compression garments, then you are suffering even worse. Need tips for managing your lymphedema during the summer? Well here are a few:
-Put your night time garments in the refrigerator before bedtime, then you can slip into nicely cooled garments as you fall asleep.
-Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
-Do not eat salty foods that can increase swelling.
-Decrease exposure to the sun, and stay in air-conditioned areas whenever possible.
-Wear loose-fitting clothing, especially around the parts affected by lymphedema.
-Compression garments are useful when flying. Don’t forget to wash compression garments frequently to remove sweat and sunscreen.
-When travelling by car, stop often to stretch your legs.
-Choose suitcases and carry-on bags with wheels to avoid straining the arms.
-Pack a first aid kit when participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and cycling.
-Make sure that shoes fit properly to avoid cuts and scrapes.
-Wear gloves when working outside to avoid cuts and scrapes on your hands.

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