jueves, 15 de septiembre de 2022

WORLD SEPSIS AWARENESS MONTH - Circulatory System Diseases - Primary Lymphedema - Secondary Lymphedema - Chronic Venous Insufficiency - Lipedema - Cellulitis - Erysipelas

September is Sepsis Awareness Month. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness about septicemia and provide help to promote research into the treatment and prevention of disorders of the circulatory system. The understanding of the vascular disease by the general public is often poor, and most people don’t realize the risks and complications that cellulitis and erysipelas can cause.

Conditions such as warty skin, venous eczema and fibrosis which can be reversed, are entry points for microbes. Lymph stasis may also facilitate bacterial growth and impede bacterial and toxin clearance, and cellulitis also seems to impair the lymphatics, thus lymphedema therapy is targeted at stopping the vicious cycle. Chronic edema management is already widely recognized as an adjuvant to antibiotic prophylaxis for recurrent cellulitis.

Studies have shown that the control of swelling is associated with a significantly lower risk of cellulitis, and that advanced stages of chronic edema are a strong risk factor, and that cellulitis may be preventable in the majority of cases. Evidence also supports that compression garments are essential to control swelling and stop progression to advanced stages.

The implementation of compression therapy has been reported to decrease the incidence of cellulitis and thus acute care healthcare costs. Treatment and prevention of cellulitis require an interprofessional approach, and there is evidence that Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) reduces the frequency of attacks. Without prompt diagnosis and correct treatment, cellulitis could lead to bacterial infection that reaches the bloodstream and severe complications such as bacteremia and Sepsis. 


Lymphedema is a serious chronic and progressive disease due to an organic disability. The clinical treatment of lymphedema is neither a cosmetic nor an aesthetic treatment. The treatment of lymphedema is to control its progression and alleviate the symptoms related to dysfunction of the lymphatic circulatory system. To prevent and avoid serious complications associated with treatment, such as the possible displacement of edema to previously unaffected areas when compression therapy is applied for volume reduction, patients should use highly specialized and experienced therapists. 

Professional qualification and instruction delivered remotely online are not the same as live hands-on practical instruction in the clinical training and certification of lymphedema therapists, similar to all other rehabilitation, medical, and surgical training programs, and especially for developing the necessary manual skills to treat a disease as complex as lymphedema. 

Patients should also take special care when choosing a "Multidisciplinary Center of Reference for Lymphedema", as not all countries and centers provide the same treatment options. The best choice is a center of reference that provides “Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)”, which is recognized as the “Gold Standard” treatment for lymphedema.

  • Read more about what is the best treatment option for Lymphedema HERE.
  • Read about what are the principal functions of Manual Lymphatic Drainage HERE.
  • Read about what are the main differences between the two principal lymphedema treatment protocols HERE. 
  • Read about what are the strategies for the implementation of low-cost treatment options for Lymphedema HERE.


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