healthy skin and nails will help prevent infections

Lymphedema patients are at high risk for infection and must be thorough when it comes to keeping their skin healthy. Moisturizers and lotions should be used to keep the skin moist and avoid any cracking where bacteria and fungus can enter the body, causing infections. Patients will also want to pay attention to their nail care and make sure to not cut their cuticles. It’s also important for them to protect their skin with sunscreen and bug spray when outside.

Diligent skin care will be important throughout a lymphedema patient’s life.