Assistance and Comfort
By Mayo Clinic Staff
It can be frustrating to know there's no cure for
lymphedema. However, you can control some aspects of lymphedema. To help you
cope, try to:
- Find out all you can about lymphedema. Knowing what
lymphedema is and what causes it can help you communicate with your doctor or
- Take care of your affected limb. Do your best to
prevent complications in your arm or leg. Clean your skin daily, looking over
every inch of your affected limb for signs of trouble, such as cracks and cuts.
Apply lotion to prevent dry skin.
- Take care of your whole body. Eat a diet rich in fruits
and vegetables. Exercise daily, if you can. Reduce stress. Try to get enough
sleep. Taking care of your body gives you more energy and encourages healing.
- Get support from others with lymphedema. Whether you
attend support group meetings in your community or participate in online
message boards and chat rooms, it helps to talk to people who understand what
you're going through. Contact the National Lymphedema Network to find support
groups in your area. The organization can also put you in touch with other
people with lymphedema.