COVID-19 Resource Center
COVID-19, also called the coronavirus, has caused stress and uncertainty for people around the world. Many people in our communities are worried about the risks to their health because of underlying conditions, such as a weakened immune system as side effects of certain cancer treatments. Some are also wondering how to cope with weeks in the home avoiding human contact or going out for necessary appointments, such as treatment.
Know that you are not alone. Absolute Medical is here to keep you informed during the COVID-19 outbreak and safe alternative options for the management and treatment of your lymphedema.
Lymphedema is not expected to increase your risk for COVID-19 infection – having lymphedema should neither increase your susceptibility to COVID-19 infection, nor increase the severity of COVID-19 symptoms.
Generally speaking, COVID-19 complications tend to arise in people whose lung function is impaired, or in people who have a compromised immune system, and neither of which are commonly associated with primary or secondary lymphedema per se. While normal immune function can become impaired in lymphedematous limbs, this is a local immune dysfunction rather than a systemic one (whole-body). Localized immune suppression increases the risk of local skin infection (cellulitis) but does not increase the risk of COVID-19 infection which targets the upper respiratory tract. Lymphedema is also not typically associated with an impairment in lung function, although in very rare cases of primary (hereditary) lymphedema, lung issues are possible – if this were the case for you, you are most likely already aware of it.
You may be at increased risk of the severe form COVID-19 infection if you have other chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, or if you have a weakened immune system due to medications or treatment related to cancer (recent or on-going chemotherapy, for example).
For those who wear compression garments that cover the hand or wrist, keeping the garment free of contamination can be a challenge. To help, consider wearing a disposable glove over your compression glove when you are out and about. When you arrive at your destination wash both hands with your disposable glove still on to ensure that your non-gloved hand is clean, before removing and tossing out the disposable glove. Check out our Wash and Care Guide to properly clean your compression garments and free of contamination.
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We strive to be involved in the entire process for our patients from start to finish, either in-person or remote support. We are committed to offering safe alternative options for the management and treatment of lymphedema. If you are in need of our services, schedule a visit with one of our garment specialists today.
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