Lymphoedema is an accumulation of lymph fluid in the tissues under the skin, caused by failure of the lymphatic system to drain lymph away from an area of the body. There are many causes, and the condition is most frequently seen in arms and legs. Sometimes the terms 'lymphoedema', 'chronic oedema' and 'lipoedema' are interchanged by healthcare professionals and this can create confusion and uncertainty. An assessment with LSS will confirm the diagnosis and provide an explanation of your condition. Written literature to aid understanding will also be given to support the findings of the assessment.
Types of lymphoedema:
- Primary Lymphoedema
- Secondary Lymphoedema
- Chronic Lymphoedema
Is a condition occurring in females. The oedema can occur in the legs, thighs and buttocks and is the result of an abnormal accumulation of fatty cells.
One or more of the following signs and/or symptoms can be present:
- Dry, tight skin
- Leaking fluid
- Cellulitis (See below)
- Reduced function
Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and underlying tissue that can develop in a swollen area very quickly. The symptoms of redness, pain and heat are accompanied by a feeling of general un-wellness, and, in severe cases, systematic upset and high fever. Antibiotics and rest are needed immediately. Treatment necessitates a call to the General Practitioner, or other health services if out of hours eg an NHS `Walk In' centre or an NHS 111 service.