Gloves & Gauntlets

Compression Gloves For Lymphedema And Hand Gauntlets

Compression gloves for lymphedema and hand gauntlets are a traditional means of providing compression and support to the hand and fingers in helping to manage and treat upper extremity lymphedema of the hand, but may also be used to treat soft tissue edema and arthritic joint pain.

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A lymphedema glove, or hand gauntlet is usually worn during the secondary or “maintenance” phase of lymphedema treatment, after completion of complete decongestive therapy (CDT). Compression gloves and gauntlets are made in a variety of sizes and colors, and are specially designed to fit the various anatomical structures of the hand. A compression gauntlet provides gradient compression over the dorsum of the hand, while a lymphedema glove provides extended compression to the fingers. Most manufacturers also offer matching arm sleeves for lymphedema, that can be used along with the compression gauntlet or compression glove to provide complete upper extremity compression for treating lymphedema of the arm.

Compression gloves for lymphedema and hand gauntlets are rated as to the amount of compression they apply, and it is important to choose the correct compression level that is required. Compression is measured in units referred to as millimeters of mercury or “mmHg” and should selected for treatment as follows.

  • Class 0: 15 - 20 mmHg – for those at risk for lymphedema
  • Class I: 20 - 30 mmHg – for those at risk, or who have early or mild lymphedema
  • Class II: 30 - 40 mmHg – for moderate or severe lymphedema
  • While compression gauntlets and lymphedema gloves may be difficult to don (put on) and take off, there are an array of donning and doffing aids which will make it easy to put on and take off compression garments. Also be sure to protect your compression garment investment by using compression garment cleaners and detergents that are specially formulated for compression garments such as compression gloves for lymphedema.