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What is Lymphoedema?
Lymphoedema is a serious condition, indicating that the lymph system is unable to handle the lymph load. Treatment should begin as soon as lymphoedema is diagnosed.
Lymphoedema can cause decreased mobility, discomfort and repeated episodes of infection, cellulitis and lymphangitis. Inability to partake in many previous activities that make up a person's lifestyle can lead to general depression and feelings of inadequacy. The goal of treatment is to reduce the swelling, facilitate the flow of lymph fluid to the venous circulation of the affected area, and help the patient regain ability to participate in many of their daily activities.
Frequent fungal infections can increase the load on the lymph system. Severe cases of lymphoedema are associated with thickening of the skin, hardening of the limb (fibrosis), leakage the lymph through the skin and massive swelling (elephantiasis).View and print lymphoedema information brochure
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