It is probable that your therapist will not be able to see you to re-measure for your garments in a timely manner during this period. Therefore, we suggest that you take extra care of your garments to ensure they last as long as possible.
Keeping your skin and tissues in good condition helps to prevent skin breakdown and reduces the risk of infections such as cellulitis. Follow the advice your therapist has given you, and remember that tips for keeping your skin healthy include:
What should I do if I get a scratch, cut or sting to my skin?
What is cellulitis?
What should I do if I develop Cellulitis?
Movement / Exercise
Movement / exercise is really important to keep your lymphoedema well controlled. Please keep up with your regular exercise routine. If your compression garments are worn out, putting some extra focus on exercise can be even more beneficial. Even if you are self-isolating or social distancing you can exercise indoors or take a walk as able/indicated. A well-balanced diet and proper hydration will also help you to maintain a healthy weight, which is really important for managing your lymphoedema.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage/ Simple Lymphatic Drainage (self-massage)
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