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Learn About Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a condition that occurs when the lymphatic system, which helps remove excess fluid and waste from the body, is damaged or dysfunctional. It typically affects one or more limbs but can also occur in other parts of the body.

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To tell if you have lymphedema, you should look out for several common symptoms. Initially, you may experience a feeling of heaviness, aching, or discomfort in a specific area. As the condition progresses, you may notice swelling in the affected limb or body part. This swelling may be accompanied by tightness or a decreased range of motion in the joints. The skin over the swollen area can become thickened or hardened, and it may appear reddish or warm to the touch. Additionally, you might notice recurrent infections or a feeling of tightness or pins and needles sensation.

Lymphedema is often classified into four stages, which can help assess the severity of the condition. In stage 0, there are no visible symptoms, but individuals might experience a sense of heaviness or discomfort.

In stage 1, the affected limb or body part exhibits mild swelling that decreases overnight.

At stage 2, the swelling becomes more persistent and does not reduce significantly overnight.

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In the final stage, stage 3, the swelling worsens significantly, causing the skin to become thickened and hard, and may even lead to other complications.

If you suspect you have lymphedema or notice any of the symptoms mentioned, it is essential to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis. Early detection and treatment can help manage the condition effectively, improve symptoms, and prevent further complications.

Our team at Compression Care can help you find the compression therapy tools and garments to keep you living and moving your best. We offer complimentary consultations (virtually or in-person) so you can ask questions and our team can help match you with the best product for you!

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