Can Underarmour Be Used for Lymphedema Stage 1?


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While Under Armour garments provide some compression, they do not provide enough to manage early lymphedema, states Dr. Thomas Wright of the American Board of Phlebology. Patients with lymphedema should use compression garments designed to both compress the limb and encourage the outward flow of lymph fluid, explains Mayo Clinic.

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Patients should seek professional assistance to ensure a proper fit, and some patients may require custom-made compression garments, according to Mayo Clinic. Instead of using compression garments patients can bandage their arms or legs under the direction of a lymphedema therapist, with the bandages tightest near the extremities. Patients can also wear a pneumatic compression sleeve, which has a pump that periodically inflates the sleeve to apply pressure.

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