What Is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a serious condition that affects more than 200,000 Americans each
year. Also called lymphatic obstruction, Lymphedema is an abnormal collection of
fluid underneath the skin. It is a potential side effect of any cancer surgery and
radiation therapy that can appear in some people during the months or even years
after treatment ends. In fact, sometimes there is no known cause for Lymphedema.
There is no cure for condition, but it can be managed with early diagnosis and
diligent care of the affected area. Keep reading to learn more about the symptoms,
causes, and possible treatment of Lymphedema:
Signs and Symptoms
The main symptom of Lymphedema is swelling in the arm, leg, breast, head, neck, or
even back. In addition to swelling, you may experience pain or discomfort in the
affected area. If a certain part of your body feels heavy and swollen, be sure to
consult your physician.
Lymphedema is caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system, an important part of
your immune system. This blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining and results
in swelling. It is most commonly caused by lymph node removal or damage due to a
cancer related treatment including surgery or radiation.
While there is no cure, there are a number of treatment options to reduce
symptoms. Lymphedema can be kept at bay with exercise, wrapping, massage, and
compression. Before you do anything, consult your doctor and find the best method
for treating your Lymphedema. Pink Ribbons keeps a list of Lymphedema
specialists and will be glad to provide this information.
At Pink Ribbons, we provide compression garments that will help you control
Lymphedema. We are proud to offer daily wear and night compression garments
from quality brands like Juzo, Solaris, and Medi. In addition, Pink Ribbons is now an
exclusive distributor of LymphaPress pneumatic compression pumps.
If you are suffering from Lymphedema, let Pink Ribbons provide you with garments
for your specific needs.
To learn more about our products and services, stop into
Pink Ribbons Boutique located at 716 North White Station Road in Memphis,