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Hey Marketer,

Did you catch my last mail about World Lymphoma Awareness Day? If not, go take a peek.

Today, I want to delve deeper into something equally important – lymphatic system disorders. Building upon Lymphoma Awareness Day, I’m here to break down some other lymphatic system disorders and signs you may need to keep an eye on, but as always, check in with your primary care physician first if you are having specific concerns.
As a quick recap, think of the lymphatic system as your body’s clean-up crew. It helps fight infections, filters out bad stuff, and keeps things in balance. But sometimes, things can go haywire.
There are a few disorders that can mess with the lymphatic system.
Lymphadenopathy (Swollen Lymph Nodes): Your lymph nodes, those small lumps you might feel in your neck, armpits, or groin, can swell up. It’s usually a sign that your body is fighting an infection.
Common symptoms include:
  • Tenderness: The swollen area might be sensitive or even painful to touch.
  • Fever: Sometimes, your body’s response to an infection can lead to a mild fever.
  • Sore Throat or Runny Nose: When cold or respiratory infections strike, nearby lymph nodes might react and swell.
Lymphangitis (Inflamed Lymph Vessels): This happens when the vessels that carry lymph get inflamed, often due to an infection.
Keep an eye out for:
  • Red Streaks: You might notice red lines on your skin, which could be a sign that the lymph vessels are inflamed.
  • Fever: Like lymphadenopathy, fever might come along for the ride.
  • Pain and Swelling: The affected area could become painful and swollen.
Lymphocytosis (Increased Lymphocytes): Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell that helps fight infections. Sometimes, their numbers can go up.
Look for:
  • Fatigue: An increase in lymphocytes can be your body’s response to an infection, which might make you feel tired.
  • Enlarged Spleen or Liver: In some cases, an increase in lymphocytes can cause these organs to become enlarged.
  • Frequent Infections: With too many lymphocytes in circulation, your body might become more prone to infections.
Ignoring these disorders might affect more than you think. They can zap your energy, leaving you feeling fatigued, and disrupting your everyday functioning. It’s like having your body’s cleaning crew on a break – things start piling up and it becomes harder to manage.
So how can I help?
The symptoms above should ALWAYS be checked by your primary care provider first and foremost, but if you’re looking for additional support and education, check out my book or book a telehealth appointment with me which is just a virtual chat to discuss your concerns.
Remember, your health matters, and being informed is a powerful step. If you’re wanting to start implementing changes on your own TODAY, I encourage you to read through 4 practices I recommend you do to improve lymph flow. 
Let me know how it goes by replying back to this email.
Yours in health,
Dr. Loretta
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