Frequently Asked Questions
Low impact exercises like walking can be beneficial for people with lymphedema because it can help to improve circulation, reduce swelling, and increase muscle strength and flexibility.
If lymphedema is left untreated, it can lead to serious issues such as infection, impaired mobility and difficulty performing everyday activities. Untreated lymphedema can also cause physical disfigurement and pain, especially when the condition worsens over time. Without proper treatment, lymphedema can increase the risk of developing skin wounds which could be difficult to heal, leading to further complications like infection or cellulitis.
Lymphedema can be made worse by certain activities or behaviors, such as:
– Prolonged standing or sitting
– Carrying or lifting heavy objects
– Prolonged exposure to heat
– Injury or infection of the affected limb
– Wearing tight clothing or jewelry
– Not taking proper care of the skin in the affected area
– Eating a diet high in salt
– Not exercising regularly
– Not following a prescribed treatment plan.