Lymphedema bracelets can prevent serious injury
When you can’t speak, having medical ID bracelet on your wrist helps when first responders and doctors only have seconds to determine what they can and cannot do. Having all critical medical information will assure proper care.
Causes of Lymphedema
Most lymphedema cases within the USA is a Secondary Lymphedema. This type of lymphedema occurs from damage to the lymphatic system, typically related to surgery and/or radiation therapy from cancer treatment—and breast cancer related lymphedema has been studied the most.
Traumatic injury to body tissues such as from burn injury, crush injury, scarring or infections of the lymphatic system can cause lymphedema. If left untreated, lymphedema leads to a chronic inflammatory condition, possible life threatening infection and hardening of the skin that, in turn, results in further lymph vessel damage and unsightly distortion of the affected body parts.
Advanced lymphedema is complicated by recurrent infections, non-healing wounds, discomfort to severe pain, and difficulty with daily tasks, emotional and social distress. Lymphedema is a disease that can develop slowly and once present, is usually progressive and has no known cure. The overall risk of developing Lymphedema after cancer treatment is reported to be 25.5%. The risk of developing lymphedema does not diminish over time but is a lifelong risk.
Cindy Lichtenhahn LMT, CLT, LET-II