Product Description & Benefits: The comfortable Sigvaris Gauntlet helps reduce swelling in the hand areas and promotes better blood flow and circulation. This gauntlet can be used with (or without) an arm sleeve and fits both the right or left hand. This durable gauntlet provides medical compression therapy for patients at risk of lymphedema and for patients undergoing lymphedema management programs. This gauntlet can also be used as a therapy for post-mastectomy lymphedema or swelling that develops, lymphedema that occurs following radiation therapy, post-operative and post-traumatic edema after completion of basic treatment, polyarthritis, and for treatment by elastic compression for burns and extensive scarring. 70% nylon/30% natural rubber.
Instructions For Use: It is recommended to put your garment on dry skin and to put the garment on right when you first get up from bed when swelling is minimal. You should remove your jewelry, rings, and watches before applying your garment to avoid damaging it. You may want to wear rubber or vinyl gloves to prevent fingernails from damaging the fabric or avoid pressing your fingernails into the stitching. The Easy Care Kit sold in our Store includes a pair of rubber gloves for handling the garment, gentle washing solution made especially for this type of garment, and a laundry bag. Gently pull up the garment, keeping the garment as straight as possible. Avoid rolling, twisting or overstretching the fabric. If you usually apply moisturizer to your hands, it is better to moisturize the skin in the evening rather than just before putting on your garment in the morning. Remove your garment before going to bed.
Garment Care: Proper care will increase the life of your garment. You can hand wash or machine wash your garment with warm water and mild soap or detergent. The Easy Care Kit sold in our Store includes a bottle washing solution made especially for this type of garment, a pair of rubber gloves for handling the garment, and a laundry bag. Daily washing can extend the life of the garment. Avoid chlorine bleach, fabric softeners, or products such as Woolite. If you’re using a laundry machine, placing the garment in a mesh laundry bag will help protect it while it is in the machine. To rinse off, you may use warm water. You may roll the garment in a towel to remove excess moisture and lay the garment flat or hang to dry. However, you should not wring or twist the garment. While dryers are not recommended, if you must use a dryer then the garment could be dried on a delicate setting or low heat. Avoid ironing or dry cleaning the garment.
Garment Life: : The garment is usually replaced every 3-6 months depending on how often you are wearing the garment and how you are caring for it. Typically, if your garment becomes easy to put on, it likely needs to be replaced.
Important Healthy Tips: As you may need to wear your garment everyday and/or frequently, it is a good idea to purchase 2 garments. Having two garments will enable you to always have a freshly clean garment, while the soiled one is being washed. When you wear this garment for the first time, you may notice that it is very tight. You may want to wear your garment gradually (or as directed by your physician), such as a few hours the first day and then gradually increasing the number of hours you wear the garment each day until it feels comfortable for you to wear the garment throughout the day. Wearing your garment consistently - everyday and/or frequently - is necessary for a variety of health conditions, as it is a therapy for a condition that you may be treating. For certain conditions, not wearing your garment might actually worsen the condition.
Relevant Conditions & Recommendations: Lymphedema, Post-Mastectomy lymphedema or edema, Lymphedema resulting from radiation therapy, Recent lymphedema that is soft and will subside rapidly, Therapy for maintenance of results from lymphedema management programs, Post-operative and post-traumatic edema after completion of basic treatment, Polyarthritis in certain cases, Treatment by elastic compression for burns and extensive scarring.