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Summer Survival Guide for Patients with Lymphedema

The season’s heat and sunshine can aggravate lymphedema. Take these steps to stay comfortable:

  • Plan outdoor activities for cooler morning or evening hours. To cool off, seek an air-conditioned area, go for a swim or take a lukewarm shower.
  • Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid salty snacks.
  • Wear gloves when gardening.
  • Apply sunscreen and wear shoes when outdoors.
  • Use insect repellent and treat bites and stings with an antihistamine, a hydrocortisone cream or an ointment that contains aluminum sulfate.
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