Lymphedema is a collection of fluid that causes swelling in the arms and legs. It develops when lymph vessels or lymph nodes are missing or damaged. Rarely, it is present from birth due to the absence of certain lymph vessels, but it most likely is caused by infection or malignancy, surgery, scar tissue, obesity, trauma, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), radiation or other cancer treatment.

Symptoms of lymphedema include:

  • Clothes, shoes or jewelry feels too tight
  • Feeling of fullness, heaviness or aching in arms or legs
  • Swelling in arms, legs, fingers or toes
  • Less range of motion or flexibility in your joints
  • Feeling of tightness or reddening of the skin


Treatment for lymphedema depends on its cause. It can include the following:

  • Wearing compression stockings or sleeves
  • Proper hygiene and skin care
  • Fluid drainage
  • Elevating the affected arm or leg
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