Lymphedema is estimated by Science Direct to affect between 140 to 250 million people worldwide. Despite this, there is no known cure, and many people are not even aware that they have it in the early stages. World Lymphedema Day is a day to raise awareness for this difficult condition.
What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a word that is used to describe swelling in your extremities due to the collection of lymph. It comes from the word “lymph”, which is the fluid that circulates throughout your body, and “edema”, another word for swelling. Lymphedema is most often caused by damage to the lymph nodes, which are the centers all over your body where the lymph drains. This can be minor and barely noticeable, or severe and more irritating and painful, as it can limit your range of motion. It can also impact the daily life of people who are affected by this chronic issue.
If you are affected by lymphedema, there are a few things you can do to alleviate the discomfort and help your lymph drain properly. Try a lymphatic drainage massage – this works by moving the lymph fluid to better working lymph nodes. Light exercise using the affected extremity may help lymph to drain. Keeping the affected area clean is important, to avoid infection. Compression garments may also be recommended by your doctor to create controlled pressure on the affected area, and can be found here on our website. We at Nightingale can also create custom compression garments to suit your needs.
March 6 is World Lymphedema Day.
Statistics from https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/lymphedema
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