Share this article

The skin as a barrier: What does it mean when it fails when lymphoedema is present?

Terence Ryan
14 February 2014

<p>The skin is a barrier and a primitive immunosurveillance organ. When in good health at rest, the skin has no reason to undergo repair. Stretching, compression or stimuli such as stripping with tape or exposure to UVB switch on the repair mode (Ryan, 2004). After a short period, often measured in hours, mitoses appear and cytokine production stimulates the dermis into activity. The resulting inflammation heats the tissue and recruits white cells.</p>

Free for all healthcare professionals

Sign up to the Wounds Group journals

By clicking ‘Subscribe’, you are agreeing that the Wounds Group are able to email you periodic newsletters. You may unsubscribe from these at any time. Your info is safe with us and we will never sell or trade your details. For information please review our privacy policy.

Are you a healthcare professional? This website is for healthcare professionals only. To continue, please confirm that you are a healthcare professional below.

We use cookies responsibly to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your browser settings, we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on this website. Read about how we use cookies.

I am not a healthcare professional.