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Summer has sprung! The theme of the LSS June meeting was holiday care, so here are a few general tips to make the summer sunshine more enjoyable for those living with Lymphoedema and Lipoedema.

water before you enter a pool (this applies to baths or showers too) and avoid using saunas, hot tubs and steam rooms. Don’t sit too close to heat sources such as bar-b-ques and outdoor heaters.

Avoid exposing the affected area to heat and sun, which can cause inflammation, so protect your skin from the sun by covering up with clothes or wearing sun cream with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Best to use SPF sun cream AND insect repellent before any exposure to the sun. Don’t forget you can still burn through your compression hosiery.

Always wear your compression garment when travelling by air and move about as much as possible. It’s important to discuss any air travel plans with your Lymphoedema Practitioner first.

Never use a sunbed!

Sharon Phillips has raised a fabulous £379.90 so far from her London Moon Walk in May – Well done Sharon!

Whilst in car or sitting in direct sunlight do ensure that the affected limb is covered. Those of you who enjoy gardening, wear gardening gloves (if your arm is affected) and appropriate foot wear (if your legs are affected) – this tip is not just for summer but all year round too. Use insect repellent to prevent insect bites as they can lead to inflammation and infection. If you’re stung on, or near, the affected area treat straight away with an antiseptic solution/wipe. You will need to seek further medical advice if the area becomes red, hot, and painful alongside flu like symptoms Avoid extreme temperatures. Too much heat can increase swelling. Test the

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Further information and tips can be found on Lymphoedema Support Network leaflets.

Diary Date - The next Lymphoedema Support Suffolk meeting will be on Monday, 22nd August, 7 – 9pm at Moreton Hall Community Centre. Do come along and find out more about living with and managing Lymphoedema and Lipoedema.

Further details about LSS and the Lymphoedema Service: Suffolk GP Federation CIC: 0845 2413313 (choose option 3) click on Clinical Service tab British Lymphology Society website

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