Although they often get confused with each other, lipedema and lymphedema are two very different types of medical conditions. Lipedema is an uncomfortable and unsightly fat disorder that causes asymmetrical buildup of fat, usually in the legs and most often affecting women. Lymphedema, however, is a swelling usually found in your arms and legs and is a symptom of a blockage in your lymphatic system. There is no cure for lymphedema, but the symptoms can be treated, allowing for a better quality of life. Dr. Wright is an expert in dealing with lymphedema and its many problems, and if you feel as if you may be suffering from this disorder, he is the first person you should consider calling for lymphedema treatment.
What are the Symptoms of Lymphedema?
Swelling of the extremities, arms, and legs is generally the first symptom that shows up in patients with lymphedema, with the swelling showing worse on one side than the other. The patient may feel a heaviness, pain, and tightness that affects the range of mobility in the affected limb. The arms or legs may feel inflamed and may be red and hot.
Signs of a More Complex Underlying Medical Condition
Lymphedema is more than an unsightly condition that causes mild discomfort; it can be a sign of a more severe underlying medical condition. Left untreated, lymphedema can cause infection or lead to lymphangitis and cellulitis, both of which can lessen your ability to fight life threatening infections. The longer left untreated, the worse the complications will be.
Lymphedema Treatment Options
If you’ve been wondering how to treat lymphedema symptoms, we can help! For milder cases of lymphedema, all that may be needed is the utilization of compression garments for the affected areas. Compression stockings for the legs and compression sleeves for the arms help keep the swelling down and the disorder from getting any worse. Manual lymphatic drainage may be prescribed in conjunction with the compression garments, and in more severe cases, intermittent compression pump therapy may be prescribed as well. Treatment of the underlying vein disease may help reduce the severity of the symptoms and manage the disease. Diet, exercise, not crossing your legs, and keeping the affected areas clean and dry are also important in managing lymphedema and keeping new occurrences at bay.
Keeping Up to Date in the Latest Medical Advancements is Important
We at the Laser Vein Center recognize the importance of staying current in medical advancements, which means our center is always current in the latest technology. Schedule an appointment with us today and discover all the lymphedema treatment options available to you!