Treatments to manage lymphoedema include skin care, exercise, weight management, compression therapy and manual lymphatic drainage (specialised massage).
There are different types of treatment for lymphoedema. Some treatments are very new and research is also trying to improve treatments.
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 is important when you have lymphoedema. You can do several things to protect it.
There are exercises you can do to help reduce lymphoedema swelling. You can also position yourself in ways that help the lymph to drain.
You can have compression treatment for lymphoedema in different ways, depending on where the swelling is.
You can have a special type of skin massage to reduce swelling from lymphoedema. It’s called manual lymphatic drainage or MLD.
Your lymphoedema specialist may suggest other approaches to help you manage your lymphoedema.