One of the common causes of swelling in the arms, legs, or face can be lymphedema.
It’s a long-term condition that can result in complications, such as infections or wounds, if not treated.
So, what happens in this condition? How can you manage wounds caused by lymphedema?
What Is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a condition where fluid (lymph) accumulates in the fatty tissues beneath your skin.
It occurs when your body cannot drain the lymph, causing it to pool beneath the skin.
In individuals with cancer, lymphedema can be caused by cancer surgery, radiation therapy, or injury to a body part.
Symptoms of Lymphedema
Some common signs and symptoms of lymphedema include:
- Swelling of a body part such as the chest, breast, or legs
- Skin feels hard or tight
- Change in texture of the skin
- Trouble moving your joints
- Tingling, aching, or numbness of the affected area
Wound Care With Lymphedema
Individuals with lymphedema are prone to wounds, and the following treatment options can help:
- Debridement (to remove dead tissues)
- Gentle scrubbing
- Massage therapy to drain fluid
- Surgery to remove excess fluid
- Elevating the limb
- Compressive dressings
- Exercise to promote gentle contractions of the muscles
If the wound is large or taking too long to heal, it’s best to consult a specialist.
Dr. Aryeh L. Herrera is a surgical expert with over 40 years of experience treating stubborn wounds.
If you are suffering from wounds that will not heal on their own, causing pain, or even complications, then it is time to visit our team at Herrera Reconstructive Surgery.
At Herrera Reconstructive Surgery, we provide advanced care for complex wounds to get you healed and back to doing the things you love.
If you would like additional information about wound care, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and talented specialists.