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Does eating salty foods make lymphedema worse?

Does eating salty foods make lymphedema worse?

Possibly: A high salt diet can cause water retention and may increase lymphedema but the underlying problem is inadequate movement of the legs to cause the fluid ti pool in the legs. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Lymphedema (Definition)

The lymph channels work to return fluid from the lower extremities back towards the heart, and filter out bacteria. If the lymph channels and not functioning appropriately swelling of the affected limb is most common presentation. The swelling usually occurs during daily activities and improves with leg elevation. In order to prevent swellingUse a compression ...Read more


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Have lymphedema in right arm and hand. Also trigger finger on that side. Will surgery for the trigger finger make the 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?

No: No, surgery for trigger finger should not make the lymphedema worse. The cause of a trigger finger has nothing to do with the lack of draining of the lymph nodes which causes the lymphedema. ...Read more

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How long does lymphedema generally last?

How long does lymphedema generally last?

Life long concern: We try to prevent - with sentinel lymph node biopsies to decrease extent of surgery under the arm but it is always a concern i follow people with the ldex unit to measure their arms with electrical impedance to catch it early before we see it. It can be reversed and limited early in its course. One must avoid any arm infection, BP measurements or venous punctures on the affected arm. ...Read more

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Who is more likely at risk for lymphedema?

Who is more likely at risk for lymphedema?

Depends.: One answer is, if you've had lymph nodes removed (e.g. Along with breast cancer surgery) or destroyed (e.g. Radiation therapy) you may be at risk. ...Read more

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Please tell me anything you know about lymphedema?

Please tell me anything you know about lymphedema?

Chronic Problem: Lymphedema is usually a chronic problem and can have many causes. Often times the primary cause may be unknown and this is called idiopathic. Primary lymphedema can be congenital, can occur in the teen age years or can occur in the over 40 year old group. Secondary lymphedema is often related to surgery, skin infections or, commonly, in relation to chronic venous insufficiency and leg swelling. ...Read more

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Where do you get compression sleeves for lymphedema?

Lymphedemaproducts: Lymphedemaproducts.Com to select the correct garment (ready-made or custom made), compression level, and, if necessary, fastening systems, the patients age, physical abilities (and limitations), lifestyle, type of lymphedema and any other conditions must be taken into consideration. It is necessary that a compression garment is chosen that meets the patient’s individual needs. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if lymphedema makes you gain weight?

Can you tell me if lymphedema makes you gain weight?

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

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What condition is most likely to cause someone to have lymphedema?

Axillary dissection : Lymphedema (le) happens after lymph nodes have been removed or disrupted. In breast cancer surgery, le happens most frequently after someone has had an axillary dissection to remove a large group of nodes from the underarm. Radiation to the underarm increases the risk of le. Le can be triggered by trauma or infection of the arm. Obesity is also a risk factor for le after having nodes removed. ...Read more

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I have lymphedema. If i was to have kids in the future will they have lymohedema to.?

Not necessarily: Most lymphedema is acquired and not inherited . So the chances are good that you would not pass a gene that causes it. However i can't speak specifically about your case you must consult a doctor. ...Read more

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Can lymphedema be fatal?

Rarely: It is impossible to give a specific answer. It would depend on what other conditions coexist with the lymphedema. Severe lymphedema could coexist with cardiovascular disease, diabetes etc. In severe caeses, ulceration , infection can occur and lymphedema can become permanent. ...Read more

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Does MRSA cause lymphedema?

Does MRSA cause lymphedema?

Not directlt: While MRSA does not cause lymphedema, patients with lymphedema can have an exacerbation, or worsening of their swelling with any skin infection. ...Read more

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How can I prevent lymphedema?

Most: Most lymphedem a is due to surgery that scars or eliminates lymphatic. Sometimes this is necessary as part of cancer surgery. Other lymphedem a can be from a parasite and it can be contracted by barefoot walking or insect bytes. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for lymphedema?

Unfortunately, no...: ...However, many people with lymphedema will benefit greatly by the use of physical therapy. I recommend you seek out a referral to a physical therapist trained in lymphatic drainage. ...Read more

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Can you get lymphedema from burns?

Can you get lymphedema from burns?

Unlikely: Burns cause a break in the skin which leads to massive fluid losses. Unless lymphedema was present before the burn, it is unlikely to have occured due to the burn. Studies which have looked for an association have failed to find one. ...Read more

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Does lymphedema run in the family?

Does lymphedema run in the family?

Rarely: The vast majority of cases of lymphedema have an identifiable cause, occurring after surgery, cancer, and/or radiation. We call this secondary lymphedema. A far smaller number of cases of lymphedema is primary, meaning that we can't identify the cause. Some of these cases are hereditary, and run in families, but not most, as far as we know. ...Read more

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What exactly is primary lymphedema?

Not an identifiable: Cause. As dr. Rosen said, most lymphedema is secondary, meaning it is due to something like surgery and/or radiation. Primary lymphedema is divided into three categories: congenital lymphedema, lymphedema praecox, and lymphedema tarda. Congenital means you are born with it and a small group of these are hereditary. Praecox develops before age 35 (most have this) and tarda develops after 35. ...Read more

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Does lymphedema cause stretch marks?

Yes: Lymphedema causes swelling. If the swelling is severe or occurs suddenly, it can cause stretch marks. ...Read more

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When will there be a cure for lymphedema?

No time soon: As dr. Katz said, a cure at present is a long way off. As dr. Wright said, though, control is possible with diet, exercise, lymphatic massage, and compression. ...Read more

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Will cutting fat and salt help lymphedema?

Maybe: It might but usually this is an obstructive problem worsened by obesity, poor circulation and other issues. ...Read more

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