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How to Prevent Lymphedema
If you are at risk for developing lymphedema, there are measures you can take to help reduce your chance of getting the condition:
- Do not allow anyone to take blood or your blood pressure on your affected arm or leg.
- Wear a medical bracelet warning of your risk for developing lymphedema.
- Keep your affected arm or leg clean.
- Avoid crossing your legs or carrying items on your shoulder if either area is at risk.
- Keep hands and feet protected by wearing gloves and shoes.
- Maintain a healthy weight and eat properly.
- Use an electric razor to shave.
- Use sunscreen when outdoors.
- Avoid ice packs or heating pads to the affected area.
- If you had lymph nodes in your armpit removed during breast cancer surgery, participating in a physical therapy program may help to prevent lymphedema.
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