Lymphedema garments should be worn throughout the day. You can Put them on first thing in the morning, and remove in the evening or as directed by your physician.
No, Compression garments are not intended to be worn at night while sleeping. They may cause a tourniquet effect result in more swelling or limit blood flow.
You must replace your compression garments every 4-6 months. If there are no changes in your size or swelling, garments can be ordered directly from the manufacturer. If the body part has changed size, you may need to get it remeasured for the new garment.
Lymphedema Garments must be washed every other day. Sweating may result in rapid breakdown of the garment and may require the garment to be replaced more often. Washing instructions are included with each garment.
You may use a skin moisturizer prior to bandaging or after bath and allow it to get fully absorbed. Do not apply right before wearing your garment since fabrics are less tolerant of lotions and ointments. You may go for a light dusting of cornstarch if needed to help the garment slide on. Ointments with a petroleum base are not recommended as they may damage sthe elasticity of garments.
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