Can Alcohol Cause Lymphedema?

Robert Gerchalk

Robert is our health care professional reviewer of this website. He worked for many years in mental health and substance abuse facilities in Florida, as well as in home health (medical and psychiatric), and took care of people with medical and addictions problems at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He has a nursing and business/technology degrees from The Johns Hopkins University.

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Can Alcoholism Cause Lymphedema?

It’s no secret that alcoholism can lead to all sorts of health problems, including liver damage and heart disease. But did you know that it can also cause lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a condition in which fluid builds up in the tissues and causes swelling. It can occur anywhere in the body, but is most common in the arms and legs. While it can be caused by things like surgery or an infection, alcoholism is also a leading cause.

Alcoholism damages the lymphatic system, which is responsible for draining fluid from the tissues. When this system is damaged, fluid builds up and causes swelling. In severe cases, lymphedema can lead to problems with movement and even difficulty breathing.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcoholism, it’s important to get help. Not only can it save their life, but it can also help prevent health problems like lymphedema.

Alcoholism is a serious disease that can have many negative consequences on a person’s health. One potential complication of alcoholism is lymphedema, a condition that causes swelling in the arms or legs.

Lymphedema is caused by damage to the lymphatic system, which is responsible for draining fluid from the tissues. When this system is damaged, fluid can build up and cause swelling. Alcoholism can damage the lymphatic system by causing inflammation and scarring. Additionally, alcoholics are often malnourished, which can further impair the functioning of the lymphatic system.

While there is no cure for lymphedema, it can be managed with treatments such as exercise, massage, and compression garments. If you are struggling with alcoholism, seek help from a professional treatment program to improve your chances of recovery and avoid complications like lymphedema.

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