Practicing good skin care is very important in reducing the risks of infection.
- Wash yourself everyday, using mild soap and warm water. Rinse off the soap completely and pat your skin dry with a clean towel.
- Apply a thin layer of lotion to your skin to help prevent cracking and irritation due to dryness.
- Check your skin everyday for cuts, blisters, rashes, sores, etc.
- Avoid injury to your skin from scratches, cuts, and insect bites; especially if swelling is already a problem. Wear long sleeves and gloves when gardening or washing dishes.
- Foot Care: If your leg has been affected, wear properly fitting cotton socks and change socks daily. Do not go barefoot. Wear leather or canvas, closed toe, low heel shoes. Consult a podiatrist for regular foot or nail care.
- Watch for signs of infections (red, hot, puffy, itchy, painful areas) as this can add to the lymph load and worsen the situation. See your doctor immediately if you suspect an infection.
- Avoid prolonged exposure to high heat and sun. The risk of sunburn is high if you had radiation treatment. Seek air conditioning when the weather is very hot.