Manicures safe with lymphedema?

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Question from Website Question: Is it safe to get a manicure if you have arm lymphedema?
Answers - Nicole Stout Absolutely! As long as it's done in a safe manner, and by that I mean protecting the skin integrity. Again, we advise people not to have their cuticles cut and just simply push them back. It's a safe mechanism by which you can protect the skin. I've had patients who take their own sterile supplies to have their manicures done, because they feel more comfortable that way. There's never a never and never an always, that's what I like to say. I think that's very true when you deal with lymphedema.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Preventing and Treating Arm Lymphedema featured Kathryn Schmitz, Ph.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.M.,Nicole Stout, M.P.T. C.L.T.-L.A.N.A., and moderator Jennifer Sabol, M.D., F.A.S.C. answering your questions about ways to prevent and manage lymphedema.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in April 2008.

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