Apr 29, 2013 12:00AM LETherapist wrote:
The condition you speak of is a rare condition where lymphatic capillaries close to the skin fill with lymph fluid forming the little papules you mention. You can find detailed information on this disease at this address:
Treatment is likely to be the same as for any lymphatic disorder utilizing Complex Decongestive Therapy (manual lymph drainage, compression wrapping or garment (where possible), exercises and skin care. I would advise that you seek out the help of a Physical or Occupational Therapist certified in the treatment of lymphatic disorders (e.g. lymphedema).
Although the condition is uncomfortable, according to the article at the forementioned website, the condition is not life-threatening. It mostly occurs in children so interesting that you would acquire this condition in adulthood. However, since you had lymph nodes removed and treatment for cancer, you are at least 30% at risk of developing arm lymphedema and so the appearance of this condition is likely to be related to the same causes for breast cancer related lymphedema.
Read the article and then find a lymphedema therapist to assist you with controlling this condition.
Tom Kincheloe, OTRL, CLT, WCC