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Can Compression Stockings Make Varicose Veins Worse
Absolutely Not: In fact, compresssion stockings are often the 1st line of management for treatment of symptomatic varicosites, along with daily elevation of the limbs and an adequate exercise regimen - known as "consevative care". The stockings act to help keep blood flowing through the limb, and diminsh the venous pooling, which leads to venous hypertension, eventually causing the bulging, dilated varicose veins.See 4 more doctor answers
A condition characterized by dilated and elongated veins that are usually found in the legs but can affect different parts of the body. Normal veins have valves that prevent the backflow of blood and help resist gravity while blood moves back to the heart. In varicose veins, the valves are dysfunctional so blood moves forward and back, causing the enlarged vessels. Varicose veins can be painful. Often the pain worsens after standing for ...Read more
Compression stocking: These compression stockings do not ridge you of varicose veins, but they do help in prevention of the symptoms and worsening of the varicose veins. The symptoms may include swelling, discomfort, heaviness, tiredness, and itching sensation of the affected extremity. In order to obtain the maximum benefit places stocking on the leg prior to its being dependent.See 3 more doctor answers
If I wear compression stockings only at night can it sill help my varicose veins? What are a good least cumbersome kind to wear?
Not really: At night I assume you are sleeping. The fact you would be in bed and not standing would negate the need for the compression as no gravity there.....you need the compressn hoosiery when standing to counteract gravity. Of course if you work at night and are not sleeping then that would be good time to wear them.See 2 more doctor answers
Are compression stockings, as a first line of defense for varicose veins, just putting off the inevitable resultant surgical procedure in most people?
Yes: Stockings are not curative. They may slow progression and improve symptoms. See a vein specialist or phlebologist to learn what your options are. If someone tells you hat you require vein stripping, get a second opinion.See 2 more doctor answers
No: Varicose veins are broken and compression stockings can't fix them. Stockings can, and usually do, make your legs feel better while you wear them though. They can also help to keep you from getting new varicose veins too. The best place to get compression stockings is from a trained fitter who can make sure that the stockings you get fit properly. You also don't want to use ted hose.See 4 more doctor answers
Are there such a thing as zippered compression stockings for varicose vein leg symtoms? Regular pull up types are too difficult to deal with.
Can a surgeon remove a blood clot in a varicose vein if it is found by ulrasound testing? What happens besides compression stockings and thinners?
Can be: It can be done, and that procedure is called thrombectomy or embolectomy. However, in the veins of the calf or upper legs, blood thinners are more standard of care treatment once diagnosis made. Compression stockings can help prevent, although best prevention is use of muscles by regular exercise and activity. Blood thinning prevents clot growth and the body will break it down (fibrinolysis).
Have varicose veins & saphenous vein valve not working. Why worse when using compression stocking or sitting/elevating leg? Heaviness, tingling foot.
Varicose vein Rx.: Varicose veins are due to malfunctioning (refluxing) valves of the saphenous system of veins. Wearing compression hose is a medical management of the veins but it does not treat the underlying valve problem. If compression does not improve your systems or worsens them then you require a closure procedure to seal the leaking valves. See a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation and treatmentSee 1 more doctor answer
I don't have varicose veins, but my doctor recommended support stockings due to redness in my knees to prevent it. Are 20-30 compression knee highs good?
They are ok: Replace them ecery 6 months.Get a more detailed answer ›
Varicose veins, 2 weeks ago had the stripping done to his leg, it swells up once in a while and it hurts to wear the stocking that was given to him.
Could be normal: Occasional swelling after vein stripping is not uncommon and generally goes away with time. Unfortunately, stockings can sometimes be a problem with comfort. I would recommend that, at the very least, you put in a call to the doctor who did the surgery and let him or her know that you have some concerns.See 3 more doctor answers
Comfort: There is no good study to support any one type of compression hose. Leg swelling is primarily below the knee, and effective control is usually with 20-30 mm hg, below knee. Some use thigh length for post-op care, long travel. 30-40 mm hg is used in ulcer care. Compliance can be a problem, especially in hot areas, in the elderly and those who have limited strength to place stockings.See 2 more doctor answers
47 yr htn 25 yrs reg. Medications varicose veins 3 yrs. What leg exercises keeps in control apart from stocking?
I am about to embark on a long flight oseas, I suffer from varicose veins and have support stockings, are other measures can I take to prevent dvt?
Activity, activity: Venous stasis or vein blood pooling can result in deep vein thrombosis DVT on extended flights. For very high risk patients with endstage venous stasis, we recommend Lovenox (enoxaparin) injections prior to each flight. If you have minor venous stasis, then compression stockings, push fluid hydration, aspirin, calf pumps activities and ambulation during the flight.See 6 more doctor answers
I have DVT and varicose veins and I wear stocking. I want towork out in gym to build on my upper body. Is it advisable? How much of exercise can I do?
After removing my compression stockings, it seems my veins look even worse. They are dark blue and more towards the surface. Is this normal?
I have varicose vein pain in my leg. What is the best pain reliever? I do wear the support stockings and am getting ablation in 1 week.
Varicose veins: Consider standard anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen. Another option is horse chestnut extract or Venastat, which is often very effective. The fact that you are utilizing compression stockings is also very good, as they tend to help alot. Make sure that you use prescription grade compression stockings. Also, seek your vein ablation procedure from a board-certified vascular surgeon expert.See 1 more doctor answer
What causes reddish discoloration above both ankles (but no pain)? I don't have varicose veins either. Are compression sleeves helpful?
Many Things: Many things can cause a reddish discoloration in the legs. I would recommend evaluation by a dermatologist.See 1 more doctor answer
I am a runner and have varicose veins. A massagetherapist told me that I should get compression tights? Do the tights make any difference?
Yes: Graduated compression tights or socks can improve your venous circulation. When you have varicose veins, there is a backward flow of blood, pooling of blood in the legs, instead of going up to the heart. It is a genetic disease. The socks push the blood back into your deep veins, decrease the vein dilatation, and enhance the calf muscle pump action.See 3 more doctor answers
I recently switched to a standing desk at work and a friend recommended I wear compression socks to prevent varicose veins. Harmful side effects?
No: This is probably a good idea and the chain pharmacy stores usually have dressy looking ones that are adequate as a preventative.See 2 more doctor answers
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