6 Tips for Traveling with Lymphedema

Traveling with a medical condition can add an extra layer of complexity to your trip planning, but it doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying your vacation. Whether you travel often or you’re getting ready for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, traveling with lymphedema can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. With preparation and a positive mindset, you can enjoy your trip and manage your condition at the same time. So update your passport, call your travel agent and use these tips to help you plan and execute a successful trip with lymphedema:

  1. Plan ahead: Make sure you have enough compression garments and supplies to last the duration of your trip. Pack extra in case of unexpected delays or other issues. It’s also a good idea to research the location of medical facilities and lymphedema therapists in the area in case of an emergency.
  2. Keep it consistent: Stick to your usual lymphedema management routine as much as possible. This means wearing compression garments, keeping your skin clean and moisturized, and performing exercises. It’s also essential to maintain a healthy diet and hydration levels.
  3. Travel comfortably: Consider booking a seat with extra legroom or requesting a bulkhead seat on the plane to avoid swelling. Also, avoid long periods of sitting or standing, and take frequent breaks to move around and stretch.
  4. Keep it clean: Keep your skin clean and dry, especially when traveling in a humid or hot climate. Bring a small bottle of antimicrobial soap and a towel to wipe down your skin.
  5. Don’t be shy: Don’t be afraid to ask for help or accommodations when traveling. If you need assistance with your luggage or have specific needs for your trip, let the airline or hotel know in advance.
  6. Take it easy: Remember that you are on vacation, and it’s important to relax and enjoy yourself. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, and don’t be afraid to take a break if you need it.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your trip is smooth and enjoyable while also managing your lymphedema. If you are newly diagnosed or suspect you have lymphedema, call us at 314-849-0923 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Krikorian at Virtue Vein offers several advanced treatment options: Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer, Lymphaticovenous Anastomosis, Liposuction and Decongestive Therapy. 

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