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Lymphedema: Night Bandaging Option

Wearing a lymphedema sleeve or compression sleeve is not an option when you have lymphedema.  The compression helps keep the lymph flowing properly minimizing the swelling.  It is also imperative to wear a sleeve, even if you have mild lymphedema, during exercise.  Hot weather also seems to create more swelling but not always fun to wear a sleeve in the humidity.

So, having an option for night time bandaging is perfect.  In the beginning, your therapist will bandage your arm.  There are sleeves available that will give you an inner liner and an outer liner for sleeping so you don’t have to do the bandaging.

Nice to have options and definitely worth looking into.

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a condition that results in swelling in one of your arms or legs. And while this swelling is typically confined to just one extremity, it is possible for both arms or legs to become inflamed (see picture). The condition is caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system, which is a critical component of both the immune and circulatory systems. When there is an obstruction in the lymphatic system, fluid builds up, resulting in swelling.

Unfortunately there is no cure for lymphedema, but there are several steps you can take to diminish the affects of the condition. Exercise is one of the most commonly prescribed treatments, as it promotes the movement of fluid through the lymphatic system. Wrapping your arm or leg and getting a massage also promote fluid movement.  Of course, the best line of action is to combine several lymphedema therapies, which will produce the greatest results.