What Is Lymphedema?


How do I know if it’s lymphedema?

While lipedema and lymphedema might sound similar, they are actually two very different medical conditions. How can you tell the difference between lipedema and lymphedema? In our last article, we covered the symptoms of lipedema. In this article, we’ll cover lymphedema.

What is lymphedema?

To put it simply, lymphedema is the swelling (edema) of lymph tissue. This usually happens when your lymphatic system isn’t running at 100% and can’t drain lymph fluid normally. It can be caused by many things, including:

  • Genetics
  • Cancer treatments
  • Infections
  • Physical trauma
  • Removal of lymph nodes

What does lymphedema look and feel like?

Lymphedema typically appears as swelling in the arms or legs. It can also appear as swelling in other areas, but the limbs are most common. The limb might feel tight or heavy, and the skin may become hard and thick over time.

BoxBar Vascular can help!

Since venous disease can hinder lymphatic drainage, good vascular care is important when living with lymphedema. At BoxBar Vascular, you’re in good hands! Dr. Ellen Derrick specializes in vascular care — both diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment and find out how Dr. Ellen can help.