Lymphoedema is swelling that develops because of a build-up of lymph fluid in the body’s tissues. The lymphatic system usually drains the fluid away. Lymphoedema happens when the lymphatic system is not working properly. It can happen anywhere in the body, including the arms, legs, head and neck, chest area and genital area.
Lymphoedema is a chronic swelling. That means it never goes away completely, because you cannot undo the causes. But it is usually possible to reduce the swelling, especially if it is diagnosed early. Specialists in lymphoedema can assess and treat it. They can also teach you how to manage it yourself.