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Does Eating Salty Foods Make Lymphedema Worse
Have lymphedema in right arm and hand. Also trigger finger on that side. Will surgery for the trigger finger make the lymphedema worse?
Slightly: lymphedema is a condition where obstruction to venous outflow in an extremity usually post surgery can cause retrograde welling from fluid accumulation in the extremity that fails to drain properly. Seen most often post axillary or groin surgery with and without radiation. Minimal wt gain ...Read more
Lymphedema on the loose skin of the labia after vulvar abscess surgery. It looks like a bartholin cyst but painless. How can I make it shrink?
Heat packs and time: Healing is promoted by blood flow which can be enhanced with warmth and continued good health and exercise. Don't smoke and give it some time. Your body will reabsorb the fluid. Some compression to the area or a pillow to lift your bottom when you're sleeping may help the fluid travel back up. Good luck! ...Read more
Clinically usually: Lymphedema occurs when a clear fluid known as lymphatic fluid builds up in the soft tissues of your body, usually in an arm or leg. Diagnois is best made clinically in at risk patients. For example, swelling on the legs and esp. The top of the feet is a classic sign. Tests that may be ordered include ultrasound, ct scans, and MRI but they are done to rule other other diagnosis's. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The same for all: Whether male or female, treatment is the same. The mainstay is decongestive therapy as dr. Brown said. This includes elastic compression stockings, non-elastic circ-aids garments, sequential compression devices, lymphatic drainage/massage, diet and exercise. A great source of info is lymphnet.Org, as dr. Wagner said. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Primary vs secondary: As dr. Rosen said, the major cause of lymphedema is lymphatic obstruction. This is most commonly due to cancer and its treatment: surgery and/or radiation. This is secondary lymphedema because there is an identifiable cause. The other type of lymphedema is primary. This means that there is no cause we can identify and is usually because part of your lymph drainage system doesn't form or fails. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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