General Recommendations

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  • Try to use the swollen arm or leg normally, because using the muscles will help to improve lymphatic circulation.

  • Avoid over-exertion, as this may increase swelling.

  • If your arm is at risk or swollen, avoid lifting or carrying heavy objects.

  • If your leg is at risk or swollen, do not go barefoot, and avoid standing or sitting for long periods.

  • It is very important to keep your weight within normal limits.

  • Keep the affected limb clean and well moisturised. This will help reduce episodes of infection.

  • If possible, try to keep the affected limb raised for short periods throughout the day.

  • Seek professional advice from your therapist before flying, because this may cause increased swelling.


Do not delay in getting medical attention.
The earlier the condition is treated, the better.