Things to have in your bag
- Sun protection: Regularly apply sun protection and cover your skin with light-colored clothing. Try to avoid spending too much time in direct sunlight. This applies not only to the areas affected by lymphoedema or lipoedema but is important for your whole skin.
- Hydration: Always pack at least one large bottle of water in your bag. Try unsweetened tea or infused water as a healthy alternative to sugary drinks.
- Insect repellent: Insect bites are not only annoying but can also cause infections like cellulitis. Immediately disinfect any insect bites and use an insect repellent that does not dry the skin.
- First aid kit: Always carry a small first aid kit with you to treat any scratches, skin cuts, or insect bites. Disinfection spray or antiseptic wipes plus a dressing or bandages should be sufficient for a day at the beach.
- Donning aid: You must take off your compression stockings for swimming, otherwise the material can get damaged. A donning aid can be very helpful in putting your garments back on after cooling down. They also come in a small form, so you can easily pack them in your bag.
How to keep cool
Wearing your garments on hot summer days can be challenging, and you’ll probably wish you could take them off. However, hot weather can impair your lymphoedema and lipoedema symptoms: Your blood vessels become larger (also called dilation) and cause additional swelling. Before heading out to the beach, you can cool your garments in the fridge before putting them on. Choose light clothes and shoes that don’t create any additional heat. And since you’re already by the water: take the opportunity for a swim! Try to avoid the hottest parts of the day—instead, enjoy the sunrise or sunset at the beach.
How to protect your skin
Besides sun protection and covering your skin with light clothes, you must also take care of your skin after sun exposure. Talk to your healthcare professional about the right skin care products to moisturize your skin after your short trip to the beach.
And now it’s time for you to go on your way and enjoy the summer!
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