Take good care of yourself to lower your odds of getting arm lymphedema.
Get Good Nutrition
- Cut back on foods high in salt and fat.
- Have at least two to four servings of fruits and three to five servings of vegetables each day.
- Eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients you need.
- Use the package label information to make healthy choices.
- Get fiber from whole-grain versions of breads, cereals, pasta, and rice. Fruit and veggies are good sources too.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Stay at your ideal body weight.
- Avoid alcohol
- Check with your doctor on the type of exercises you’re allowed to do
- Walking, swimming, biking are nice workouts to get your heart pumping
- For upper-body weight lifting, check with your doctor about the best time to get back to it as well as any weight restrictions.
- Stop doing any exercise that gives you pain. And if your arm on the side where you had surgery becomes tired during exercise, cool down, then rest and elevate it.
- Wear gloves while doing housework or gardening.
- Avoid cutting your cuticles when manicuring your nails.
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water often, especially before you prepare food, after you use the bathroom, or after you touch soiled linens or clothes.
- Protect your skin from scratches, sores, burns, and other irritations that might lead to an infection. Use electric razors to remove hair, and replace the razor head frequently.
- Use insect repellents to prevent bug bites.