A Very Fine Glove

Wearing a compression glove can often decrease your dexterity as much as the lyphedema itself.  Gloves with compression in the fingers are typically made from a thick flat-weave fabric which can be bulky. Ready-to-wear gloves have standard length fingers which may or may not be the right length for you.  Who can afford to risk trimming the fingers on a $150 glove only to see it unravel?  Custom gloves fit properly, but they too are bulky and very expensive.

A compression glove is also a visual reminder of the edema.  How the glove looks can be a major factor in whether or not it’s worn.  Non-compliance when treating a condition as serious as lymphedema can have disastrous consequences.

The Farrow Medical Microfine glove will not make your lymphedema go away, but it can eliminate some of the downsides of having to wear a compression glove.

Farrow fabric is significantly thinner than traditional flat-knit gloves, allowing for far greater dexterity.  Fingers are intentionally long so they can be trimmed to any length without fraying, rolling, or decrease in compression.   Finally, the thinner fabric is far less noticeable than a bulky glove which might make you look and feel a lot better!

We’ve noticed several very positive consumer reviews for the Farrow Medical Microfine Glove on the www.breastcancer.org discussion boards.

Farrow Medical’s Microfine Glove is ambidextrous and sized based on wrist circumference and 2 hand measurements.  Sizes range from x-small to large.  Compression rating is 20-30mmHg, which makes it ideal for treating mild to moderate edema.   You have three color choices; sand (pale beige), copper (suntan beige), and black.  Price is currently $86.00.

The Medical Benefits of Mohair Socks

Extremely beneficial for anyone suffering from diabetes, sensitive feet, and eczema

Mohair socks have medical benefits for anyone who suffers from poor circulation, eczema, foot sensitivity, skin ailments, and especially diabetes. This is because mohair has a unique cellular structure that draws moisture and odor away from the skin, keeping feet dry and fresh.  Mohair is coveted for its luxurious, soft natural fibers which prevent chafing and provide protection to keep the skin free from irritation.  Mohair does not have the microscopic scales that are characteristic of wool, so it feels soft and soothing against your skin.

A solution for diabetics

BrightLife Direct has just added the Mohair Diabetic Sock to our Allegro line of stockings.  The leading diabetes organization in South Africa, Diabetes SA, is recommending the mohair sock.  “It’s our considered opinion that the sock is the best sock available in the world for diabetics and we recommend its use to all diabetics without reservation.”

A natural insulator

The mohair fibers, being hollow, act as a natural insulator to one’s feet. This means that when the outside temperature is cool or cold, the fibers will trap & keep in a high percentage of the warmth created by the blood circulation in one’s foot. Similarly, when the outside temperatures are warm or hot, the hollow mohair fibers will keep out & stop any excessive heat from reaching one’s foot, & will prevent feet from overheating.

Soft and yet so strong

The individual mohair fibers are longer and inherently much stronger than cashmere, wool or cotton.  Additionally, we blend bamboo and nylon fibers for increased durability. The Allegro Mohair Diabetic Sock has a very long life span. Machine wash and dry is recommended.  In fact you will get your best fit after the first washing.  The sock turns into a small fuzzy ball after machine drying but magically expands to your foot form and remembers that shape wash after wash.  While the outer sock is smooth, the inner is woven with a terry mesh for added comfort.  In South Africa (where most mohair originates today) mohair socks are typically worn by farmers and laborers who appreciate it’s protective yet soothing qualities.

All year round socks

This means that anyone who suffers from diabetes, thinning of the blood or any other ailments which cause poor blood circulation to the extreme parts of the body will also feel an immediate benefit from wearing mohair socks all year round. In summer & warmer temperatures feet will maintain a comfortable temperature & will not overheat. In winter & colder temperatures one’s feet will become & stay considerably warmer than wearing socks made from wool, cotton or man made fibers, & heat loss from feet will be minimized, thus maintaining a warm & comfortable foot.

History of Mohair

Mohair comes from the Angora goat which originated in Tibet.  The history of mohair and angora goats is long and well documented. It is probably one of the most ancient fiber sources known to man as evidenced by Biblical references that date to approximately 3,500 years ago during the time of Moses.

About 2500 years ago the Angora goats were introduced to the Ankara region of Turkey where they were bred with indigenous goats and thrived.  The Mohair wool was so coveted in the Ottoman Empire that exportation of the goats was deterred by penalty of death.

Beginning in the sixteenth century the Turkish angora goats were bestowed as gifts from the Ottoman Sultans.  The Spanish King Charles V was among the first to receive a small herd of goats.  Soon, European aristocrats and landed gentry of that era sported items made of mohair as a status symbol.

Mohair was introduced to the United States in 1849 when the Sultan of Turkey presented President James Polk with nine of his finest goats.  Today, Texas is the largest producer of mohair in the U.S.

Pete@BrightLife Direct