Lymphedema Protection for Air Travel

Since I’m due to travel shortly, the thought of lymphedema prevention and protection has crossed my mind.  This is an area that people often overlook – feel they are safe and don’t need to worry.  Wrong.  The air pressure in the aircraft cabin can affect the lymph drainage in your arm, especially if you have had node dissection for breast cancer.

Wearing a lower compression lymphedema sleeve reduces your risk of getting lymphedema during travel.  I found the one with a gauntlet (or glove) attached easier to manage rather than having two pieces.  It is easy to slip the glove part off when washing your hands. 

Also, having the lymphedema sleeve on is a great reminder to be careful when lifting your luggage, especially lifting heavy luggage.  The recommended weight for lifting is 15 pounds.  Get help if you need it.  Most people are willing to be of assistance.

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