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How To Prevent And Control Lymphedema

Try To Avoid Burns

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Like infections, burns can cause the body to make extra fluid that may build up and cause swelling when lymph nodes have been removed or damaged. Tips to avoid burns include:

  • Protect your chest, shoulder, and arm from sunburn. Use sunscreen labeled SPF 15 or higher and try to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day.
  • Use oven mitts that cover your arms.
  • Avoid oil splash burns from frying and steam burns from microwaved foods or boiling liquids.
  • Avoid high heat, such as from hot tubs and saunas. And do not use heating pads on the affected areas. Heat can increase fluid build-up

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