Infections are one of the biggest factors causing lymphoedema to worsen and advance through the grades and stages described above. It is vital to minimize the risk of getting an infection.
Daily cleansing and moisturising of your arm or leg is important to keep the skin clean, soft and supple and to reduce the risk of cellulitis (skin infection). Cracked, dry or broken skin can be an entry point for infection
Wear rubber gloves for housework and long sleeves and protective gloves when gardening.
Infections could result from cuts, injections, insect bites, scratches, burns or sunburn.
Treat any possible infection promptly by washing with soap and water and apply an antiseptic or antibiotic cream.
If the area becomes painful, red or swollen, rash appears or you have a temperature or flu-like symptoms, seek medical help immediately.