Shaving and lymphedema risk?

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Question from Ruth: What about shaving? I really hate the electric razor!
Answers - Nicole Stout This just goes back to skin care. The less opportunity we give for bacteria to enter our skin with nicks and cuts from shaving, the less exposed we are and potentially the healthier the limb will be. Again, that's not to say nicks and cuts don't happen, and bugs will certainly bite. So if these small punctures to the skin do happen, we take care of them with antibiotic ointment and prevent them from becoming infected.

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.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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