Reducing the Risk of Lymphedema

Follow these tips to reduce your risk of swelling in the future.

Sharp HealthCare offers tips to reduce the risk of Lymphedema.


  • Always have injections or blood drawn from the unaffected arm or leg
  • Have your blood pressure taken on the unaffected arm
  • Keep your arm or leg clean and dry 
  • Moisturize your skin after bathing
  • Protect your skin from the sun with sunscreen (at least SPF 15) and protective clothing
  • Rest your arm/leg in an elevated position (above your shoulder or heart) 
  • Use an electric razor, not a blade, to shave underarms or legs
  • Use insect repellant when outdoors, but wash it off when inside
  • Wear gloves when doing house or yard work
  • When flying in an airplane, wear a compression sleeve or stocking and drink lots of fluids during the flight


  • Cut your cuticles during manicures or pedicures
  • Injure, scratch or bruise the affected arm or leg
  • Lift or carry heavy bags, purses or other objects with your affected arm
  • Wear tight jewelry or clothing

For More Information
To learn more about lymphedema therapy with Sharp Rehabilitation Services, please contact one of our convenient locations:

  • Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
    Rehabilitation Services
    752 Medical Center Court, Suite 303
    Chula Vista, CA 91911
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  • Sharp Grossmont Hospital
    Rehabilitation Center
    5555 Grossmont Center Drive
    La Mesa, CA 91942
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  • Sharp Memorial Hospital
    Rehabilitation Center
    2999 Health Center Drive
    San Diego, CA 92123
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To learn more about Sharp's rehabilitation services or to find a Sharp-affiliated physician who can refer you to a physical therapist, call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.