Cellulitis risk with sunbathing?

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Question from Constance: I have lymphedema in my right arm after a mastectomy with 24 nodes removed. How do I deal with the sun and getting any type of tan? I'm terrified if I sit in the sun that I'll end up with cellulitis in my arm. Any suggestions?
Answers - Linda Miller The most important thing when you have lymphedema is to avoid any new trauma to the arm. That being said, with proper sun block to avoid a harsh burn, there's no reason why you can't go out into the sun. There's no evidence that getting a suntan causes lymphedema. The important thing is to avoid a burn.

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