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Treatment For Lymphedema Of The Head

Written by Amy Hall
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Dealing with Lymphedema

Treatment for lymphedema of the head is similar to the treatment for lower extremity lymphedema. Basically, lymphedema means that there is some sort of impairment or malformation in the lymph nodes or lymph vessels which hinders the flow of lymph fluid throughout the body. Lymphedema can either be primary or secondary in nature.

In primary lymphedema, the cause stems from a malformation or deformity of the lymph vessels, which presents itself at birth, within the first year of life, or sometime during puberty. In secondary lymphedema, the cause is from surgery, trauma, or some type of injury that involves the lymphatic system in some way. Usually post-cancer surgery patients notice signs of lymphedema when some or all of the lymph nodes in a certain area of the body have been removed.

Treatment for Lymphedema of the Head that Works

The most effective treatment for lymphedema of the head is Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy. A certified therapist will perform gentle massage on the patient, which stimulates lymph drainage and flow. This is a very effective form of therapy that brings swelling down considerably.

The patient will also be advised to wear compression garments or bandages to further reduce swelling and return the head to normal or near-normal size. It is also important to maintain meticulous nail and skin care in order to avoid infections. The therapist should also show the patient some remedial exercises that they can perform at home to further aid in drainage, which will keep swelling down.

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