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Advice for sufferers.

SKINCARE Wash daily and moisturise the skin.

Avoid cuts, scratches and burns to you skin which may get infected.

Avoid injections, blood tests and blood pressure measurements to your swollen limb, unless essential for treatment of other conditions.

See your GP if you have any signs of infection - an area of redness, hot to touch, fever.

EXERCISE Gentle exercise and sensible positioning will help move fluid which is causing the swelling from your limb.

It is important not to sleep with your feet down.

Sleep in a bed and not in a chair.

COMPRESSION Garments such as stockings or armsleeves, if prescribed need to be worn every day as directed by your medical practitioner and removed at night.

Multi-layer lymphoedema bandaging may be applied in more severe cases.

MASSAGE * Simple lymph drainage can be taught for you or your carer to do daily to assist in drainage of your limb.

Manual lymph drainage (MLD) should only be done by a trained therapist if your medical practitioner recommends it - MLD/UK can provide further information and advice, visit www.mlduk.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 24, 2009
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