By Saskia R.J. Thiadens
It really is predicted that as many as four million american citizens be afflicted by basic or secondary lymphedema. in accordance with the yankee melanoma Society, of the 2 million breast melanoma survivors within the united states, nearly 400,000 needs to take care of lymphedema each day. a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Lymphedema presents solutions to the most typical questions from sufferers and family approximately lymphedema, a painful persistent swelling of the extremities, frequently linked to melanoma therapy.
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We carry bacteria on our skin all the time, and our hands (and feet) are exposed to more bacteria than many other areas of our body. When we suffer a small cut from a cuticle tear, there is a risk that the normal bacteria we encounter with our hands may become harmful and introduce an infection into our tissue. As the body fights infection, inflammation occurs. If the lymphatic system has been damaged, even in the absence of lymphedema, the infection and inflammation can cause swelling in the tissue; if the lymphatic system is not able to carry the fluid away after the infection, lymphedema may result.
Traumatic injuries damage lymphatic vessels in many ways. Trauma causes significant inflammation and overloads the lymphatic system temporarily. When the tissue heals, the inflammation and swelling go away and, in most instances, the system returns to normal. QXP 8/5/09 11:35 AM Page 52 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT LYMPHEDEMA damaged, the inflammation may remain for a long period of time. When this is the case, the lymphatic system works at its maximum capacity for as long as it possibly can to alleviate the burden of excess fluid.
What tests should I have done to diagnose lymphedema? More . . QXP 8/5/09 11:35 AM Page 40 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT LYMPHEDEMA 24. About the early signs and symptoms of lymphedema—are there warning signs? In the case of primary lymphedema, the first concern for possible development of lymphedema would be a positive family history. There is a high transmittal of hereditary and congenital types of lymphedema— approximately a 50% transmission rate from one generation to the next. Females are more at risk of inheriting primary lymphedema.
100 Questions & Answers About Lymphedema by Saskia R.J. Thiadens