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Any signs of infection must I look for if I have lymphedema?

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In brief: Red/swollen/pain

Redness, swelling, warmth, and pain are the cardinal symptoms of infection or inflammation.
If you have lymphedema, i'd your lymphatic system is impaired and cannot clear bacteria from the tissues normally. Watch for these signs, and if they develop, see your primary provider right away for antibiotic therapy. Lymphedema treatment using massage and compression may reduce your risks. Good luck!

In brief: Red/swollen/pain

Redness, swelling, warmth, and pain are the cardinal symptoms of infection or inflammation.
If you have lymphedema, i'd your lymphatic system is impaired and cannot clear bacteria from the tissues normally. Watch for these signs, and if they develop, see your primary provider right away for antibiotic therapy. Lymphedema treatment using massage and compression may reduce your risks. Good luck!
Dr. Crystal Twynham
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Signs of infection

As dr. Twynham said, redness, warmth, swelling, and pain are the signs of infection.
The swelling of lymphedema can decrease your skin circulation, making infection more likely. So keep the swelling down as much as possible. Compression, exercise, lymphatic drainage/massage, and weight loss all help. Pay attention to you skin and watch closely to make sure you don't have any cracks or sores.

In brief: Signs of infection

As dr. Twynham said, redness, warmth, swelling, and pain are the signs of infection.
The swelling of lymphedema can decrease your skin circulation, making infection more likely. So keep the swelling down as much as possible. Compression, exercise, lymphatic drainage/massage, and weight loss all help. Pay attention to you skin and watch closely to make sure you don't have any cracks or sores.
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
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In brief: Area of redness

The color of skin will change before infections sets in - when the skin becomes red, shiny then there is bio-burden - loaded with bacteria then the area gets warm to touch and painful - as sign of infection.

In brief: Area of redness

The color of skin will change before infections sets in - when the skin becomes red, shiny then there is bio-burden - loaded with bacteria then the area gets warm to touch and painful - as sign of infection.
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