Wendy Williams reveals she has lymphedema

Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses what to know about the disease in the wake of the talk show host's announcement of her diagnosis.
2:07 | 07/10/19

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Wendy Williams revealing on air that she has been diagnosed with a condition called lymphedema, a swelling of the arms or legs. The latest personal issue she's facing and sharing pushily and Dr. Jen is back it talk about it. You're going to show it. A little mini med school. A lot don't know what lymphedema is and they don't know what lymph and lymphatics are. In the anatomy, yellow for lymphatics. It circulates two liters of fluid a day. That leaks out and swelling can be not just disfiguring and unsightly, incredibly painful. So this is a major issue. What causes it? Some people are born with it. The vast majority, secondary lymphedema so comes as a result of various thing, trauma, surgery, you can see it with cancer. You can see it with obesity. And in terms of the treatment, it's really just compression devices like sleeves or stockings or a compression machine that basically massages that fluid and helps place it back into the circulation but it's really painful. I've heard and many people suffer from this type of condition but it's not always because of this. This is the key point because people will hear swelling and say, my feet are swollen. The key with lymphedema, it's usually one side of the body not both but there are other conditions that can cause swelling, very, very commonly that usually affects both airports or leg, prolonged sitting, pregnancy, half our staff. Salty diet, congestive heart failure, with age and obesity you can hear it but when you hear a celebrity coming forward talking about something like in that can be unsightly there can be a psychological, emotional, social component. Wendy has been increasing awareness about so many things. She's amazing. She's making her mess her message. Yes, she is. Thank you. Back to ginger now in Houston.

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