Skin & wound care
The part of the body affected by lymphedema is considerably more vulnerable to infection of the build-up of fluid within the tissues. Skin changes such as hyperkeratosis, lymphangiectasia and papillomatosis are seen as the condition progresses. The skin becomes thickened and there can be deep skin folds and creases around the joints. Moreover, any cuts in the skin can allow bacteria to enter the body and may quickly develop into an infection. Skin infections can also damage the lymphatic system and cause lymphedema to further develop. Therefore, it is important to keep the skin as intact as possible recommending the regular use of skin care products. With increasing severity and development of skin folds, infection protection becomes even more important.