March 2017 Newsletter

March 2017 Newsletter
In This Issue
  • New Compression Short, Style 912
  • New Compression Bodysuit, Style 1000
  • New Product Sizing

NEW! Compression Short, Style 612

Looking for a comfortable compression short?  
Wear our new short and feel immediate  relief from swelling caused by lymphedema, edema and post-surgical recovery. Made of the same fabric as all our popular shapewear, this short is comfortable for all day wear.  This short provides just the right amount of support for long term wear and compliance. Sizes range from Misses small to XL and Womens 1X, 2X, 3X and 4X. Place your order today. More Details

NEW! Compression Bodysuit, Style 1000

A new compression garment for total coverage for a variety of procedures. Same great fabric providing support and comfort but a whole new design. Take our popular Compression T, style 915, and add a snap closure at the crotch and a ¾ sleeve. Beautiful! Reduces the torso with moderate control and comfort.  More Details

New Product Sizing

Style 910, Slimmer is now available in size XS in colors nude and black.
 
Sizes Available:
XS, S, M, L, XL, 1X, 2X, 3X

Style 903/4, Beth Post-Surgical Camisole is now available in size 4X.
Sizes Available:
XS, S, M, L, XL, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X
Wear Ease, Inc. | 866-251-0076 | info@wearease.com | http://www.wearease.com
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Compression Crop Top by Wear Ease®

cropCompression Crop Top by Wear Ease®

Style 785, Compression Crop Top is a very trendy top that offers variety to the woman recovering from surgery or dealing with swelling from lymphedema.  It provides compression for the upper torso.  It is a short version of our Compression T, style 915, but is easier to fit since it does not involve fitting the lower torso.  It is perfect for the woman who does not need compression on her abdomen but still wants the coverage for her upper body and underarm area.

The target market for the Compression Crop Top is mastectomy boutiques, DMEs and hospitals that market to women and healthcare professionals.

The consumer for this product is anyone who needs to manage swelling in their upper torso caused by lymphedema, edema or surgery.  Women appreciate the silky feel of the fabric and the immediate relief they experience from the compression (80% nylon, 20% spandex).  This garment is made of a double layer of strong and supportive fabric, and is constructed so that there is no seam contact on the inside or outside of the garment.

Other features:

High back

Scoop Neckline

Built-in Shelf Bra

Pocketed for prostheses (leisure forms) if needed

Sizes range from Misses: S, M, L, XL; and Women’s: 1X, 2X, 3X.   Available in nude and black.  Wholesale price $48.00, with an MSRP of $96.00.  This item may be covered by insurance.

This garment is currently sold at retailers such as Mary Catherine’s, Pretty In Pink, Aggressive Health, Women’s Health Boutique (Dallas), Saxon-Kent, Heide’s, Lourine’s.  Contact Wear Ease at 866-251-0076,

Phyllis@wearease.com.

Beth Post-Surgical Camisole by Wear Ease®

style_903_beth_camisole_frontBeth Post-Surgical Camisole by Wear Ease®

The Beth is our most popular post-surgical camisole designed for wearing after surgery.  It provides support and comfort after surgery and throughout recovery.  It is packaged with a pair of detachable pouches to hold drains, and a pair of fiberfill breast forms.

After surgery while drains are in place it can be challenging to find workable clothing solutions.  Frequently women feel well enough to leave the house and resume aspects of their normal life.  Having a camisole like the Beth that can secure the drains makes it possible to move around.  The built-in band allows the flexible positioning of the drain pouches as well as an inner shelf bra to support remaining breast/s.

The target market for the Beth Post-Surgical Camisole is mastectomy boutiques, DMEs and hospitals that market to women and healthcare professionals.

The consumer for this product is anyone who is going to have surgery for any type of breast procedure.  This camisole can be worn after a wide range of surgical procedures and treatments including:  mastectomy, lumpectomy, breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast reconstruction and transition during recovery. Users like the support and adjustability of this camisole and the lightweight feel of the fabric (95% cotton and 5% spandex).  Women love our unique styling that provides exceptional support.  The combination of the built-in shelf bra and adjustable straps makes it especially easy to fit and comfortable to wear, and it does not show under clothing.  This item is sometimes worn for up to 18 months after surgery.

Sizes range from Misses: XS, S, M, L and XL; and Women’s: 1X, 2X, 3X and 4X   Available in white.  This item may be covered by insurance or Medicare.

 

Wear Ease: Success With Compression T, #915

Wear Ease: Success With Compression T, #915

 

(Filed Under wholesale Lingerie News). Wear Ease has reported increasing success with its Compression T, style 915, designed for those who need to manage swelling in their torso caused by lymphedema, edema or surgery.

“This T is specifically designed to provide compression for the entire torso and additional coverage for the upper chest, underarm area and back,” according to a company spokesperson. “Previous garments designed for lymphedema are normally bras with straps and do not offer the additional coverage needed in areas where lymph fluid tends to accumulate.”

“When a person steps into this garment they feel immediate relief from discomfort caused by swelling.”

The Compression T is offered in ivory and black and in sizes S, M, L, XL (misses) and 1X, 2X 3X (women’s). “This garment is made of a double layer of strong fabric, 80% nylon and 20% spandex, and is constructed so that there is no seam contact on the inside or outside of the body. All seams are enveloped inside the layers of the fabric.”

The T wholesales for $45.00, with an MSRP of $90. “But most shops mark it up 2.25,” according to the spokesperson.

The garments is currently sold at retailers such as “Pretty In Pink, Aggressive Health, Amanda Thomas, The Comfort Store, Van Driel’s, Caring Touch and Heide’s.” Contact Wear Ease at (866) 251-0076, Phyllis@wearease.com.

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Published 06-29-2016 by  Body Magazine

Lymphedema Symptoms & Causes

Lymphedema Symptoms and Causes

Have you noticed unusual swelling in your body?  Do you have swelling in an arm or a leg or even in your torso?  You might be suffering from lymphedema, a buildup of lymph fluid.  The swelling indicates that your body’s lymph system cannot handle the amount of fluid.  Do not ignore these symptoms because complications from infection can occur.  Contact your therapist or physician.

Symptoms of Lymphedema

  • A limb or body part is swollen
  • Swelling worsens over time
  • Repeated episode of infection
  • Sensation of heaviness and limited motion
  • Clothes, jewelry  or shoes no longer fit

Possible Causes of Lymphedema

  • Treatment of cancer
  • Birth defects
  • Infections
  • Trauma (injury or surgery)
  • Circulatory disorders

General Recommendations

  • Protect the area below the surgery from injury, even many years after surgery.
  • If you have had lymph nodes removed from under your arm
  • Do not have blood drawn from the arm on the side of the lymph node surgery.
  • Do not allow a blood pressure cuff to be placed on that arm. If you are in the hospital, make sure you notify your nurse and other hospital staff of your condition.
  • Avoid razors, use an electric shaver for underarms.
  • Wear gloves when gardening or doing other activities that may lead to cuts on your fingers or hands.
  • Wear strong sunscreen to avoid sunburn.
  • Practice good skin care to reduce the risk of infection
  • It is important to keep your weight within normal limits as much as possible.

For more information, check out these helpful websites:

http://www.lymphedemablog.com/

National Lymphedema Network, http://www.lymphnet.org

StepUp-SpeakOut  www.stepup-speakout.org

Lymph Notes www.lymphnotes.org

Lymphovenous Canada www.lymphovenous-canada.ca

Lymphedema Support Network  www.lymphoedema.org/Isn (Britain)

Lymphoedema Network Australia  www.lymphoedema.org.au

Lymphedema

Topic Overview

What is lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a collection of fluid that causes swelling (edema) in the arms and legs.

What causes lymphedema?

One of the causes of lymphedema is surgery to remove lymph nodes , usually during cancer treatment. Normally, lymph nodes filter fluid as it flows through them, trapping bacteria, viruses, and other foreign substances, which are then destroyed by special white blood cells called lymphocytes. Without normal lymph drainage, fluid can build up in the affected arm or leg, and lymphedema can develop. Medicines such as tamoxifen (Nolvadex), radiation therapy , and injury to the lymph nodes can also cause lymphedema. This type is called secondary lymphedema.

Primary lymphedema can be present at birth or develop during puberty or adulthood. The cause of primary lymphedema is not known.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of lymphedema include feeling as though your clothes, rings, wristwatches, or bracelets are too tight; a feeling of fullness in your arms or legs; and less flexibility in your wrists, hands, and ankles.

How is it treated?

Treatment for lymphedema depends on its cause and includes wearing compression garments such as stockings or sleeves, proper diet and skin care, and fluid drainage.

Elevating an arm or leg that has swelling can help ease the drainage of lymph fluid from the affected limb. Whenever possible, rest a swollen arm or leg on a comfortable surface, above the level of your heart. Don’t put pressure on your armpit or groin area, and don’t hold a limb up without support for very long since this can increase swelling.

Gentle exercise can help reduce swelling. The use of muscles during exercise naturally helps lymph fluid to circulate, which can reduce swelling. But exercise also increases blood flow to the muscles being used, which can increase the amount of lymph fluid present. If you have swelling, it is important to properly bandage an affected limb before exercising. Ask your doctor how to use a bandage for this purpose and what exercises are appropriate for your condition.

After surgery or radiation treatment

If you have had surgery to remove some lymph nodes, use your affected arm or leg as normally as possible. Most people are healed about 4 to 6 weeks after surgery, and able to go back to their normal activities.

If you have had lymph nodes removed or have had radiation therapy as part of cancer treatment, you may be able to avoid lymphedema or keep it under control by following the tips below.

  • Contact your doctor promptly if symptoms of an infection—such as redness, pain, or increased swelling—develop in your arm, hand, leg, or foot.
  • Protect the area below the surgery from injury, even many years after surgery.
  • If you have had lymph nodes removed from under your arm:
    • Do not have blood drawn from the arm on the side of the lymph node surgery.
    • Do not allow a blood pressure cuff to be placed on that arm. If you are in the hospital, make sure you notify your nurse and other hospital staff of your condition.
    • Use an electric shaver for underarms.
    • Wear gloves when gardening or doing other activities that may lead to cuts on your fingers or hands.
  • If you have had lymph nodes removed from your groin:
    • Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm, not hot, water. Use a mild soap, preferably one that has moisturizers, or use a moisturizer separately.
    • Wear comfortable and supportive shoes that fit properly.
    • Wear the correct size panty hose and stockings. Avoid wearing constricting garters or knee-high or thigh-high stockings.
  • Ask your doctor how to handle any cuts, scratches, insect bites, or other injuries that may occur.
  • Use sunscreen and insect repellent when outdoors to protect your skin from sunburn and insect bites.
  • Do not ignore a feeling of tightness or swelling in or around your arm, hand, leg, or foot. Let your doctor know about it immediately.
  • Ask your doctor to refer you to a physical therapist who specializes in lymphedema. Many insurance companies will not pay for physical therapy evaluations and treatments without a doctor’s referral.

If you have lymphedema, you may want to wear a lymphedema alert bracelet. These bracelets, available through the National Lymphedema Network, are worn to protect those who have lymphedema from receiving treatment such as blood pressure readings, injections, or blood draws to their affected limbs that could make their condition worse.

LYMPHEDEMA OVERVIEW

Lymphedema is swelling caused by a build-up of fluid, usually in the arm in women who have been treated for breast cancer.  Lymphedema is one of the most troubling complications that can develop after breast cancer surgery.  Many women find that lymphedema worsens the physical and emotional strain of dealing with breast cancer.

The risk of developing lymphedema depends upon the type of surgery you had, the time since surgery, and if radiation therapy was used. Generally, women who undergo more extensive surgery, have many lymph nodes removed, or have radiation therapy to the axilla (arm pit) after surgery are more likely to develop lymphedema

WHAT IS LYMPHEDEMA?

Lymph is a clear fluid that contains mostly protein and white blood cells (the blood cells that fight infection). Lymph vessels drain lymph from the body’s tissues and organs. The fluid is filtered through lymph nodes (also called glands) and eventually drains into the bloodstream.

Lymphedema can develop if surgery or radiation treatment affects the lymph vessels.

Women who have multiple lymph nodes removed (a full axillary node dissection) are more likely to develop lymphedema than those who have only sentinel lymph node biopsy. Women who have both surgery and radiation treatment are at even higher risk.

LYMPHEDEMA SYMPTOMS

The initial symptoms of lymphedema may include:

  • A heavy sensation or an aching discomfort in the arm
  • Swelling of the affected arm or upper chest
  • Difficulty moving the arm
  • Stiffness, weakness, or numbness

PREVENTING WORSENING OF LYMPHEDEMA

Women with lymphedema can do several things to prevent it from getting worse over time. Expert groups recommend the following:

  • Avoid trauma and injury to the affected arm. Blood draws, IV lines, injections, and acupuncture should be avoided in the affected arm, if at all possible. Avoid tight fitting clothing, prolonged blood pressure monitoring, or any activity that could interfere with lymph flow in the affected arm.
  • Try to prevent infection. Practice careful skin and nail hygiene. Use skin moisturizers to prevent dry, cracked skin. Use an antibiotic cream or ointment on small skin cuts, such as paper cuts. Use protective gloves for household work and gardening.  Use an electric razor rather than a razor blade to remove hair in the arm pit.
  • Avoid heavy exercise and lifting heavy objects with the affected arm immediately after surgery. These activities may increase blood flow, which can worsen edema. Gentle stretching and range of motion exercises, provided by a healthcare professional, may be used immediately after surgery. Check with your doctor before resuming an exercise program after breast cancer treatment.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes during bathing or washing dishes. Hot tubs, steam baths, and spending time in hot climates may worsen lymphedema.
  • Keep your weight under control. Obesity can worsen lymphedema and may limit the effectiveness of compression pumps or sleeves.
  • Avoid resting your arm below your heart or sleeping on your arm for prolonged periods.
  • Contact your doctor or nurse if the affected arm develops a rash, becomes red, blistered, or warm, or if you get a fever (temperature greater than 100.4ºF or 38ºC). These symptoms could signal the beginning or worsening of lymphedema.
  • If you develop lymphedema many years after surgery or have worsening lymphedema, contact your doctor or nurse immediately.

IMPACT OF LYMPHEDEMA

While lymphedema is not a life-threatening condition, it can have a major impact on your quality of life. A change in how your arm looks can be distressing.

  • After breast cancer surgery, many women are worry about how they look; having a swollen or misshapen arm can make this worse.
  • If lymphedema affects the ability to use your arm, this can affect your quality of life, particularly if it is your dominant arm (eg, right arm if you are right-handed).
  • Lymphedema can reduce tissue healing and occasionally causes chronic pain. For these reasons, prevention and early treatment of lymphedema are recommended
  • The following organizations also provide reliable health information.
  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Lymphedema Network
  • StepUp-SpeakOut.org

Healthy Habits for Patients at Risk for Lymphedema

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A healthy diet and exercise are important for overall good health.
  • Maintain optimal weight through a healthy diet and exercise to significantly lower risk of lymphedema
  • Gradually build up the duration and intensity of any activity of exercise. Review the Exercise Position paper.*
  • Take frequent rest periods during activity to allow for recovery.
  • Monitor the at-risk area during and after activity for change in size, shape, tissue, texture, soreness, heaviness, or firmness.

 

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  • Keep your at-risk body part clean and dry.
  • Apply moisturizer daily to prevent chapping/chafing of skin.
  • Pay attention to nail care and do not cut cuticles.
  • Protect exposed skin with sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Use care with razors to avoid nicks and skin irritation.

 

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  • Review your individual situation, get screened for lymphedema, and discuss risk factors with your CLT.
  • Ask your CLT or healthcare professional if compression garments for air travel and strenuous activity are appropriate for you.
  • If a compression garment is recommended, make sure it is properly fitted and you understand the wear, care and replacement guildlines.
  • Set up a follow-up schedule based on your needs with your CLT.
  • Report any changes in your at-risk body part to your CLT.

 

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Know the signs of infection and what to do if you suspect you have one.

  • Signs of infection: rash, itching, redness, pain, increased skin temperature, increased swelling, fever, or flu-like symptoms.
  • If any of these symptoms occur, contact your healthcare professional immediately for early treatment of possible infection.
  • If a scratch or puncture to your skin occurs, wash it with soap and water, apply topical antibiotics, and observe for signs of infection.
  • Keep a small first aid kit with you when traveling.

 

Try to Avoid Possible Triggers

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  • Wear gloves while doing activities that may cause skin injury (washing dishes, gardening, using chemicals like detergent).
  • Try to avoid punctures (eg, injections and blood draws).

 

 

 

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  • Wear loose jewelry and clothing.
  • Avoid carrying a heavy bag or purse over the at-risk limb
  • Try to avoid blood pressure cuffs on the at-risk limb.

 

 

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  • Avoid exposure to extreme cold, which can cause rebound swelling or chapping of skin.
  • Avoid prolonged (>15 min.) exposure to heat, particularly hot tubs and saunas.

 

 

 

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  • At-risk for leg lymphedema?
  • Avoid prolonged standing or sitting by moving and changing position throughout the day.
  • Wear properly, fitted footwear and hosiery.

 

 

Please note: These guidelines are meant to help reduce your risk of developing lymphedema and are NOT prevention guidelines. Because there is little research about risk reduction, many of these use a common-sense approach based on the body’s anatomy and knowledge gained from decades of clinical experience by experts in the field. Risk reduction should always be individualized by a certified lymphedema therapist and healthcare professional.
For a full list of the NLN’s risk reduction practices, please see our website: www.lymphnet.org/riskreduction
* To review the NLN’s other position papers and find a CLT in your area: www.lymphnet.org
(2016, Spring). Healthy Habits for Patients at Risk for Lymphedema. Canada’s Lymphedema Magazine Pathways, (Spring 2016), pp. 13

SPRING 2016 Newsletter

In This Issue
  • New High Waist Compression Capri by Wear Ease®
  • Online Wholesale Ordering
  • Lymphedema Seminars
  • Kathy Bates: New Face For Lymphedema
  • Elements of a Successful Compression Business

 

NEW! High Waist Compression Capris, Style 611

Wear Ease_003 (655x1280)We are excited to announce the latest addition to our line of shapewear, High Waist Compression Capri by Wear Ease®.
  • Compression for high waist, abdomen, lower back, hips, buttocks and thighs
  • Same great fabric used for all our shapewear
  • Double layer of fabric for comfortable compression
  • Hidden seams and no contact with skin

More Info

 

 

 

 


 

Wear Ease Offers Online Wholesale Ordering

Easy online ordering gives you the convenience of ordering whenever you like and visibility of all details about our products: pricing, sizes and catalog as well as our Easter Egg Hunt discount.
Sign up for our wholesale ordering and find the hidden discounts at our home page of our wholesale shopping cart. Easy. Just complete our Contact Form and we will email you an invite to log in to your account and start ordering.

Wholesale ordering site: wholesale.wearease.com
Call for more details 866-251-0076


 

Upcoming Lymphedema Seminars

Meet us at these Lymphedema Seminars:
May 13-15 Indianapolis, IN: Eskenazi Health
June 3-5 St. Louis, MO: Washington University School of Medicine

Kathy Bates is the new face for Lymphedema
Watch Kathy Bates talk about her lymphedema experience and activism.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Elements of a Successful Compression Business

This article is a must read for retail businesses that carry compression garments or are considering compression product offerings.

“As providers seek strategies to expand their cash flow, compression products are offering an attractive opportunity to generate new revenues by serving the needs of several growing patient demographics.”

 


New Camisole!

Similar to our popular slimmer, Style 910 with new features:

– Wider, shorter strap

– Shorter length

– Teal color

– Perfect for petite figure