Giveaway for Lymphedema Fashionistas!

Lymphedema never looked this good! For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this week we will be giving away a LympheDIVAS compression armsleeve of your choice! See the giveaway box below to enter.

Many breast cancer survivors develop lymphedema after the removal of lymph nodes and have to wear a compression armsleeve every day for the rest of their lives. However, not all armsleeves have to be boring beige. LympheDivas was founded by two breast cancer survivors, Rachel Troxell and Robin Miller, who were not fans of the typical armsleeve. These amazing ladies decided to make compression fashionable. Instead of heavy, hot, rough textured armsleeves, they decided to make fun, comfortable sleeves to inspire breast cancer survivors to feel beautiful, confident and strong.

If you’re feeling crafty, you can make your own “designer” armsleeve too! Pick up a pair of girl’s patterned tights. Just cut off the tops and bottoms and slide them over the armsleeve. They’re a great, affordable way to spice up any outfit. Check out the video below for instructions. Have ideas of your own? Comment on this blog post to share how you express your style.

LympheDivas compression armsleeves are available in 15-20mmHg and 20-30mmHg compression levels. These seamless, lightweight garments feel like a “second skin” and provide 360° stretch to keep you comfortable. LympheDiva armsleeves are made with state-of-the-art moisture-wicking fabric to keep you cool and dry, as well as an infusion of unscented aloe vera to moisturize and soften skin. All sleeves come with the option to include the DIVA Diamond Band to help keep the garment in place. These gorgeous armsleeves are machine washable – just place them in a garment bag and use warm water and gentle detergent. Washing your sleeve frequently helps to sustain the effectiveness of the garment and prolong its lifespan. All LympheDiva armsleeves are made latex and silicone free in the U.S.A.

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Here are some of our favorite sleeves inspired by Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This adorable Breast Cancer Awareness shirt is available from New York and Company for $9.95 and is made of 100% cotton. NY&C will donate $2 of each shirt to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

This week’s winner can choose any LympheDivas pattern, compression level and the optional DIVA Diamond Band. To enter, log in with your email address or Facebook information below. Then, choose how you would like to enter: You can answer a question, leave a comment about the blog post, follow us on Twitter or tweet a message.  Click here for more help. Good luck!! Remember, you can enter once (per entry type) every day. The contest for the LympheDivas armsleeve ends Sunday, October 25th at midnight. The winner will be announced the following week. Don’t forget to check back next week for our last giveaway!
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Wear & Care Instructions for Compression Garments

Useful tips to help you get the most life out of your compression stockings and armsleeves.

How to wash compression garments –

  • Most compression garments can be machine washed
  • Use a garment bag if fabric is sheer or tends to snag
  • Use cold or warm water, never hot, and a mild detergent
  • Detergents appropriate for babies clothing are considered mild
  • Hosiery washing solutions condition nylon, and will give your stockings a longer life
  • Many compression stockings can be machine dried.  Check the package or product label.  Spandex and silicone top-bands don’t like heat, so air drying will extend the life of your garment.
  • Fabric softeners and bleach should never be used with compression garments

How to clean the silicone top bands on knee and thigh highs –

  • Soap and oils can build-up on silicone-top bands making them less effective, even with proper washing.
  • Use a cotton ball and a little alcohol, or an alcohol swab to remove soap residue.

How often should compression stockings be washed –

  • Compression stockings should be washed daily.
  • Dirt and oils break down spandex.
  • Daily washing also restores the shape of the stocking.

Should compression garments be worn at night or for 24 hours –

  • Some individuals with severe lymphedema or edema do occasionally need to wear compression 24 hours a day, but this is not typical.  If you are  wearing a compression garment all the time, it should only be done under the supervision of a doctor or therapist.

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Thigh highs slipping down?

If your thigh highs are slipping down, you may have a build-up of oil and/or soap residue on the silicone stay-up band.  There is an easy fix.  Either use an alcohol swab or cotton ball dipped in isopropyl alcohol to clean the silicone ridges on the inside of the top band.  This will remove the oils and anything else that may be preventing it from clinging to your leg.  Over time the band of the thigh high may loosen up a bit.  It could also be an indication that it’s time to buy a new pair.  Try cleaning with alcohol first.

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