- The lymphatic system is made up of many vessels that carry fluid throughout the body.
- Lymphedema is an abnormal buildup of protein-rich fluid in any part of the body as a result of malfunction in the lymphatic system. You can be born with it (primary lymphedema) or develop it as a result of damage to the lymphatic system, such as after surgery or infection (secondary lymphedema).
- Early-stage lymphedema can be treated with nonsurgical interventions, including medication, a healthy diet and manual compression.
- For advanced-stage lymphedema, surgical intervention may be recommended.
Maintaining Proper Hygiene
Taking Precaution with Everyday Activities
Wearing the Right Attire
Speaking Up at Your Doctor’s Office
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