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Lymphoedema Summers

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Living with lymphoedema you might find your affected limb(s) swell more in the summer months or when you are on holiday because of the heat, do not get too upset as the swelling will go down when the temperatures go down.

Increased swelling, prickly heat, hives, insect bites, and stings are far more likely to happen when the sun is out, or you are on holiday.  Good skin care is essential make sure you use plenty of sun cream.  The clothes you wear including your underwear should not leave indentations.  Underwear that is normally well fitting might feel tighter if your body swells from the heat.


Remember your skin can burn through clothes


However, hard it might be please wear your compression and remember you can get bitten through your compression.  Always have a mini first aid kit handy that has antiseptic cream, antiseptic wipes, insect repellent and antihistamines.  Bites or stings treat immediately. You will find  lots of tips and advice on our holiday care page.  Keep a spare top or item of clothing in a plastic bag in the fridge for a quick change and cool down.

As temperatures rise please make sure you drink plenty of water keep yourself hydrated, avoid fizzy drinks, caffeine drinks and alcohol as they tend to increase swelling. Always apply sensible precautions.  Meals keep small, stay away from salty snacks, instead have crunchy snacks. Finally, my favourite tip for a hot day is to have an oven free day.

Acknowledgement:  The Video is a partnership between Gaynor Leech L-W-O and Mary Fickling Director of PhysioPod UK

Page Created 22/05/2020

Last updated 22/05/2020