Mastectomy Arm Swelling Home Care
- Elevate the arm:
- Above the heart if possible
- Weight loss if you are overweight
- Shoulder stretching exercises
- Elbow stretching exercises
- Use arm support stockings:
- As directed by your doctor
- Eat a low salt diet:
Tips on how to reduce your salt consumption:
- Avoid cooking with salt.
- Avoid fast food.
- Avoid salty foods, such as pickles, cured meats, salty snacks, and canned soup.
- Avoid seasonings that contain sodium, such as soy sauce, steak sauce, garlic and onion salt, and monosodium glutamate.
- Do not add salt to your food after it is prepared.
- Read food labels and buy foods that are low in salt.
- When eating out, ask that your food be prepared without salt.
Mastectomy Arm Swelling Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have post mastectomy arm swelling and any of the following:
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