Best Summer Compression Garments to Keep You Cool in Warmer Weather
As you know, managing your lymphedema is a full-time job. There’s no summer vacation for lymphedema sufferers. You don’t get a break and have the option of skipping the daily use of compression wear. Nor can you afford to stop being hyper-vigilant about avoiding new physical insults to the skin in affected areas, or stop paying extra attention to skin care. It is important to find great summer compression garments to keep you cool and comfortable in the hotter months.
A bug bite in the arm can be a nuisance for a person without lymphedema. But for someone managing the disease, it can precipitate a crisis. The same is true of sunburn. For other folks, it can be painful and uncomfortable. For you, it could signal a medical crisis. There’s just no way around it: If you suffer from lymphedema, you have to take special pains every day to avoid making things worse. That means staying out of the burning rays of the sun is crucial. Applying appropriate biting insect repellant is essential if you will be spending time out of doors.
And staying cool while wearing your graduated compression sleeves, hose, or other compression garments becomes a new challenge. Fortunately, major compression wear manufacturers have focused on the issue of heat retention and comfort, and they’ve come up with some helpful solutions. The use of moisture-wicking fabrics, for instance, goes a long way toward reducing discomfort during the hot, steamy months of summer.
Manufacturers Step Up and Help You Cool Down
LympheDIVAs moisture wicking arm sleeves and gauntlets incorporate special cooling technology to help keep you comfortable. Coolmax® fabric wicks moisture away from the surface of your skin, while superior breathability ensures that sweat will evaporate efficiently. These carefully crafted moisture-wicking sleeves also feature micro-encapsulated Aloe vera. The emollient is released for six months of continuous use.
Known for centuries as “burn aloe,” or “First Aid plant,” Aloe vera is a perennial succulent that yields a natural moisturizing, cooling gel that helps treat burns. Aloe vera is also considered an excellent skin moisturizer.
A 2007 article published in Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries, reviewed available data regarding the effectiveness of Aloe vera gel for the treatment of second and third-degree burns. It concluded that patients treated with Aloe vera gel tended to heal an average of about nine days faster than patients who did not receive such treatment. It should be noted that Aloe vera is recognized within medicine as an anti-microbial and anti-fungal agent.
Customers routinely comment on their satisfaction with the LympheDIVAs line of sleeves and gauntlets. They find them both comfortable and stylish and note that they are especially comfortable to wear during hot summer weather. Given the wide range of whimsical patterns and colors, customers are much more likely to enjoy wearing these sleeves.
It’s Not a Silver Bullet, but…
For those dealing with lymphedema of the leg(s), we recommend Juzo Silver Soft hosiery. These graduated compression hose feature micro-encapsulated anti-microbial silver ions for the control of bacterial growth, and the prevention of odors. Silver ions prevent odor-causing bacteria and fungi from growing and bind with denatured proteins and ammonia emanating from the surface of the skin to further reduce unpleasant odors.
Juzo Silver Soft garments are specially designed to reduce the risk of skin infections, and aid in the treatment of venous stasis ulcers and other skin wounds by promoting better circulation. They also help you keep cool, to further enhance healing and facilitate lymphedema management. That’s a relief in warm summer months when perspiration is inevitable. Of course, these and other compression garments from Lymphedema Products are fully washable. Consider buying two or more items so you can rotate them as you wash one or the other garment.