Lymphorrhea – what is it and why is it dangerous?
“Lymphorrhea happens when the lymph backflows and starts to leak out of the skin. It looks like water so is easily missed or assumed benign, but is infact very dangerous as it can lead to an abnormal level of blood protein called ‘proteinaemia’.
Treatment is urgent and requires medically correct compression, usually with prophylactic antibiotic cover. While there is leakage, the legs are vulnerable to infection so the first thing is to get the area cleaned down, then apply an emollient to try to control skin damage. Use absorbent, non-stick sterile dressings and then medically-correct compression. Dressings and bandages may need to be changed frequently depending on the severity of the lymphorrhea.”