The ‘Lymphatic System’ is a complex network of tissues & organs that play an imperative role in homeostasis of extracellular space. Together, it regulates the balance of fluid, contributes to immune function, and also transports fatty acids from gastrointestinal tract. Dysfunction in the system can lead to tumor development and lymphedema. However, patients suffering from lymphedema have increased the risk of wound formation. It can indeed occur due to fungal infection in epidermis folds, trauma, and moisture buildup. This is because the limb becomes very swollen and also under tension, even small scratches & cuts may become a serious injury.
To reduce the risk of developing further Lymphatic System and Wound complications, giving the best care to your skin and injury is of paramount significance.
While there is no cure for lymphedema, treatments exist to minimize discomfort and reduce the swelling in the affected area.
Several forms of compression treatments are available to reduce swelling and prevent scarring of the overlying skin, including:
- Static and dynamic compression devices, which provide a pressure gradient encouraging the flow of lymph from the end of the limb towards the trunk
- Manual compression
- Light exercise to stimulate the muscles in limb to increase lymph flow
So, if you too want to avoid Lymphatic System and Wound complications, all you need is to keep all these crucial things in mind.
The most common complications are cellulitis (an inflammation of connective tissue as well as the dermal and subcutaneous layers of the skin), and lymphangitis (the inflammation of the lymphatic channels). Another known complication is the formation of blood clots in the deep veins of the body, also known as deep vein thrombosis.