How do I know if I have lymphedema?

The so-called “Stemmer’s sign” is a reliable diagnostic sign of detecting lymphedema.

Try to pinch the skin at the base of your toe. If this is difficult, or even impossible, we speak of a “positive Stemmer’s sign.” This is a sign of lymphedema. Furthermore, deeper natural skin folds that appear over the joints, swelling over the backs of the hand and feet, and taut skin also indicate lymphedema.

How do I know if I have lymphedema
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If you do have a positive stemmer’s sign result, it’s important to consult a doctor. The earlier a lymphedema patient starts treatment, the more likely that edema will be managed well in the long term.

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