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Is Lymphedema Contagious? Is there a reason doctor's wear gloves when examining patients with lymphedema?

Is Lymphedema Contagious? Is there a reason doctor's wear gloves when examining patients with lymphedema?

Not contagious: Lymphedema itself is not contagious, but sometimes might be caused by an infection. Some doctors always wear gloves for all exams. I suggest you ask the doctor about what she thinks the cause is and her gloving practices. ...Read more

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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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Is lymphedema common?

Is lymphedema common?

No: It can occur after surgery which affects the lymph nodes in an arm or leg. It is more common bilaterally in older women. It is seen in overweight inscribe people. Movement is important to cause the muscles to move the fluid out of the legs. ...Read more

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Is lymphedema painful?

Sometimes: Although lymphedema can sometimes be painful, more often it is not. If you have a limb that looks like it is affected by lymphedema but it hurts, it is more likely to be lipidedema. Some say that lipidema is lymphedma with pain. ...Read more

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Why doesn't lymphedema pit?

Why doesn't lymphedema pit?

It can: Early lymphedema can pit, which is one of the reasons why it can be hard to diagnose in its early stages. This is especially true if there is also some component of venous insufficiency associated with the lymphedema. Later stages of lymphedema are associated with tissue fibrosis which has lost its ability to be able to pit. ...Read more

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What must I eat if lymphedema?

What must I eat if lymphedema?

Good diet: Lymphedema fluid is high in protein and so the fluid that creates the swelling pulls a lot of protein out of your circulation. As a result, a higher protein diet is a good idea. Avoiding salt is also smart. A fluid restriction is not thought to be helpful. Otherwise, a healthy general diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is a good thing. If you are overweight, weight loss helps the swelling. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of lymphedema?

Swelling : Swelling of the extremity. www.drlugo.com.

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How is lymphedema treated in women?

How is lymphedema treated in women?

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 more

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Is lymphedema considered reversible?

Sometimes: Acquired lymphedema during pregnancy or from overload of venous insufficiency may be treated successfully by wearing compression stockings during pregnancy and then treated by a vein specialist and a lymphedema specialist after the pregnancy. See a lymphedema specialist: lymphology association of north america and find a phlebolgy specialist: www.Phlebolgy. Org and www.Morrisonvein. Org for more. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of lymphedema?

What are the symptoms of lymphedema?

Swelling: Most often affects arm or leg after lymph node surgery or lymphatic damage. Skin and tissues become thickened and swollen chronically. Color of skin can darken slightly. ...Read more

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What causes lymphedema and is it reversible?

What causes lymphedema and is it reversible?

Sometimes: Lymphedema is caused by poor circulation of lymph which is the protein filled fluid that circulates and bathes cells. Usually it is caused from injury by cancer, surgery, or infection. It can be caused by obesity or pregnancy with the weight of the belly impairing circulation. In these last two cases if or when the weight is removed, the lymphedema may resolve. ...Read more

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What is lymphedema? What are the potential causes?

What is lymphedema? What are the potential causes?

Lymphedema: This condition is common after lymphatic dysfunction causing build up of lymphatic fluid in the space between tissues that don't drain normally into venous channels. This most commonly happens due to trauma (surgery removing nodes), scarring (Radiation) or physical blockage (pregnancy) of the lymphatics. Regular lymphatic massage is found useful in improving this condition. ...Read more

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What kind of exercises are ok if I have lymphedema?

Lymphedema: Check out www.Lymphnet. Org the national lymphedema network's site. ...Read more

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What's lymphedema and what are the potential causes?

Fluid of the leg: It's a disorder of the lymph system so that the fluid doesn't empty out of the leg as quickly as it should. As a result fluid builds up in the leg causing swelling and potential skin breakdown. See a vascular specialist for formal evaluation. Most occur without an underlying cause. ...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 an 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...: 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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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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Is there such a thing as a lymphedema specialist?

Yes: There are few lymphedema specialists around as dr. Clark said, but they do exist--usually at university hospital centers. Otherwise, the job gets done by phlebologists, vascular medicine specialists, vascular surgeons, and some internists. What is probably at least as important as the doctor you see is getting hooked into a lymphedema clinic and a good lymphedema therapist. ...Read more

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Will underarmour be using for lymphedema stage 1?

Not quite effective: Underarmour are nice athletic garment that provide some compression. They don't quite provide enough compression to control even early lymphedema. They would be of some help but they would not be of sufficient compression to be completely effective. Good thinking though. ...Read more

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Could anybody tell me how edema/ lymphedema happens?

More info: Lymphedema occurs when there is a compromise of the lymphatic circulation. This third circulation (arteries, veins) carries things too thick to be safely carried in arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. It is propelled along by normal body movements but contains a thick material called lymph. Blockage causes it to back up causing soft tissues/skin deformity. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is in the liquid of lymphedema?

Protein and fluids: The word is derived from the name of the roman deity of fresh water, lympha. The lymph is formed when the interstitial fluid (the fluid which lies in the interstices of all body tissues) is collected through lymph capillaries. Lymph returns protein and excess interstitial fluid to the circulation. Lymph may pick up bacteria, cancer cells and bring them to lymph nodes where they are destroyed. ...Read more

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Can there be any cures on the horizon for lymphedema?

Too many causes: Lymphedema occurs when there is a compromise of the lymphatic circulation. This third circulation (arteries, veins) carries things too thick to be safely carried in arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. It is propelled along by normal body movements but contains a thick material called lymph. Blockage causes it to back up causing soft tissues/skin deformity. ...Read more

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