Primary lymphedema cannot be prevented; it is possible to take steps to
reduce your risk of developing secondary lymphedema if you are at risk.
- Avoid heavy lifting (including carrying heavy purses) with an affected arm.
- Drink plenty of fluids; dehydration can worsen lymphedema.
- Avoid environmental irritants in the affected area, such as
insect bites or
stings and sunburn.
- Practice good skin care and hygiene.
- Don't wear tight clothing or jewelry on the affected limb. Even the use of
blood pressure cuffs on an affected arm should be avoided.
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