What is the Diagnosis and Treatment of Lymphedema?

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Lymphedema is generally diagnosed after a careful evaluation of medical history of a patient which includes past surgeries and treatments(includes past lymphedema treatments as well).Lymphedema diagnosis also includes an evaluation of current symptoms of lymphedema and medications(lymphedema pump,lymphedema exercises and lymphedema massage) which are in use for the lymphedema treatments.Lymphedema treatments needs a complete physical examination. It is also possible that sometimes additional tests may also be required for the lymphedema treatments which can also be possible by lymphedema home care treatments.

Lymphedema treatment

Basically, lymphedema treatments vary depending upon the cause and the stage of lymphedema as the most important aspect of lymphedema treatments is to learn how to care your health. If the initial signs and symptoms of lymphedema are due to infection, antibiotics are prescribed as an early treatment for lymphedema. Other lymphedema treatments may include proper diet and skin care, bandaging, various lymphedema exercises, lymphedema garments as well as lymphedema massage.

Various lymphedema compression garments are prescribed by the physician along with lymphedema diet and supplementation. These all are the integral part of lymphedema treatments.

Lymphedema can be prevented to develop if a patient adopts a healthy life style as given below:

  • Reduce all those foods which are rich in salt and fat
  • Try to manage a schedule which includes a daily exercise
  • Try to maintain a good nutrition by consulting a good nutritionist.
  • Try to avoid infections by staying alert against infections
  • Always avoid tight shoes, jewelry and clothing
  • Try to avoid heavy lifting with the arm affected with lymphedema(arm lymphedema)
  • Keep your skin clean

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