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 to control and reduce swelling (lymphoedema). This includes compression therapy and manual lymphatic drainage (MLD).

Which lymphoedema 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 swelling (lymphoedema). There are several things you can do to protect your skin.

Exercise, positioning, and lymphoedema

It's important to exercise to help manage a build up of lymph fluid (lymphoedema). They can help you to keep a full range of movement and make you feel better.


Compression treatment for lymphoedema

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

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) for lymphoedema

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

Last reviewed: 
12 Apr 2023
Next review due: 
12 Apr 2026