What Causes Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a little-understood disease. Though between 1 and 2 million American suffer from Primary Lymphedema, and 2 to 3 million suffer from Secondary Lymphedema, it is not an issue that seems commonly talked-about or one that many people are aware of. Though Lymphedema is little discussed, it can be a serious issue that can ... read more
Lymphedema: Where To Start?
There’s so much about the human body that we just ignore until it starts acting up. We look at the world around us until we realize it’s actually harder to see than it used to be. Thank goodness for glasses and contacts. The same goes for hearing. It’s only when we’re in a loud restaurant ... read more
How to Treat Lymphedema
Lymphedema is a medical condition that occurs when fluids collect, resulting in swelling in the arms and legs. If you think you suffer from lymphedema, consider the following symptoms and treatments. Lymphedema can develop when lymph nodes are removed, typically during cancer treatment. Without lymph nodes to drain bacteria and viruses, fluid may accrue in ... read more
Can Lymphedema Be Prevented?
Lymphedema is a condition in which the lymph vessels that drain fluid from tissues throughout your body are obstructed. This prohibits your body from allowing immune cells to travel where they are needed and can lead to swelling in the areas where the blockage occurs. There are several conditions that can cause a lymphatic obstruction, ... read more
Lymphedema occurs when fluid builds up in the fatty tissues just under your skin. The most common causes of lymphedema include surgery, trauma, radiation or infection. During surgery for breast cancer, lymph nodes may be taken from under from under your arm to determine if cancer has spread. The removal of lymph nodes includes also ... read more
If you’ve heard of lymphedema, you may know that it’s a condition in which you certain areas of your body—usually a limb (arm or leg) swells. The swelling is caused by fluids that accumulate when the lymphatic system (part of your body’s immune system) stops working properly. When the lymphatic system is up and running ... read more