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Should a patient who has veinous ulcers developing under the skin wear decompression stockings? patient has fluid on lungs; some edema; chf. ?

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Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 47 years experience
Venous ulcers: Venous stasis ulcers are exacerbated by swelling of the ankles. Compression stockings that help to keep the swelling down are beneficial. If actual ulcers are present treatment of the ulcers will also be required and you should see your doctor for that.
Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 47 years experience
Venous ulcers: Venous ulcers are due to venous hypertension in the leg veins and this is highest at the ankle level. Support hose work by decreasing the venous pressure and increasing the venous return. In patients with heart failure support hose could worsen the failure by increasing the venous return to the heart so this needs to monitored closely.

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