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Treating lymphoedema

Treatments to manage lymphoedema include skin care, exercise, weight management, compression therapy and manual lymphatic drainage (specialised massage).

Types of treatment for lymphoedema

There are different types of treatment for lymphoedema. Some treatments are very new and research is also trying to improve treatments.

Which treatment do you need?

The type of lymphoedema treatment you have will depend on how much swelling you have and which part of your body it affects.

Caring for your skin when you have lymphoedema

Caring for your skin is important when you have lymphoedema. You can do several things to protect it.

Exercise, positioning and lymphoedema

There are exercises you can do to help reduce lymphoedema swelling. You can also position yourself in ways that help the lymph to drain.

Compression treatment for lymphoedema

You can have compression treatment for lymphoedema in different ways, depending on where the swelling is.

Manual lymphatic drainage (specialised massage) for lymphoedema

You can have a special type of skin massage to reduce swelling from lymphoedema. It’s called manual lymphatic drainage or MLD.

Other treatments for lymphoedema

Your lymphoedema specialist may suggest other approaches to help you manage your lymphoedema.

Last reviewed: 
16 Jun 2017

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