Managing lymphedema during the summer can be particularly challenging due to the heat and humidity. These conditions can exacerbate swelling and make wearing compression garments uncomfortable. 

However, with the right strategies and lifestyle adjustments, you can more comfortably navigate the summer months even while living with lymphedema. Compression Care has put together some practical tips for living with lymphedema during the summer months so that you can still enjoy the fun while managing your symptoms.

Compression Garments in the Summer

Compression garments are essential for lymphedema management, but wearing them in the summer heat requires some adaptations:

  • Choose the Right Garments: Opt for compression garments made from lightweight, breathable materials that wick away moisture. Consider open-toe compression stockings to improve ventilation and comfort for your feet.
  • Manage Heat and Moisture: Stay cool by wearing loose, lightweight clothing over your compression garments. Avoid direct sunlight and stay in shaded or air-conditioned areas when possible.
  • Moisture-Wicking Liners: Use moisture-wicking liners or sleeves underneath your compression garments to help absorb sweat and reduce skin irritation.
  • Monitor for Proper Fit: Ensure your garments fit well by regularly measuring your limbs, as heat can cause fluctuations in swelling.


Managing Summer Skin Care

The summer heat can increase the risk of skin issues with lymphedema, making vigilant skin care even more important:

  • Gentle Cleansing: Clean your skin daily with mild, fragrance-free soap and water. Follow up with a hydrating regimen. Use a light, non-greasy moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated without making it overly slippery under your garments.
  • Prevent Infections: Check your skin daily for changes to catch any signs of irritation, redness, or infection quickly. 
  • Stay Dry: Keep your skin as dry as possible. After sweating, rinse and dry your skin before reapplying your garments.

Stay Active Without Increasing Inflammation in the Summer

Maintaining an active lifestyle is crucial for managing lymphedema, but it requires adjustments during the hot summer months.

  • Adjust Your Exercise Routine: Exercise during the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening. Opt for indoor activities like swimming in a cool pool, which provides gentle resistance and natural compression.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise to stay hydrated and support lymphatic function.

Enjoy Summer Safely!

The record-breaking heat waves we have experienced in the summer lately are challenging for all of us, but particularly those of us with an inflammatory condition like lymphedema. But don’t despair! You can still enjoy summer safely with some tweaks to your routine and consideration of your symptoms. 

There are tons of enjoyable, heat-friendly activities you can enjoy with friends and family, like picnics in shaded parks, evening walks, or visits to air-conditioned spaces like museums and galleries. Take time to practice self-care to counter more active times, and you’ve got a fantastic summer planned while living with lymphedema! 

Compression Care is Here to Help

Compression Care is here to provide support if you or a loved one is struggling with the symptoms of lymphedema or lipedema. Call or text (615) 583-2273 or email us at [email protected] to let us know how we can help!