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Can compression stockings make varicose veins worse?

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. ...Read more

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Varicose Veins (Definition)

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


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What do compression stockings do for varicose veins? In what way do they help?

What do compression stockings do for varicose veins? In what way do they help?

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. ...Read more

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If I wear compression stockings only at night can it sill help my varicose veins? What are a good least cumbersome kind to wear?

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. ...Read more

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Are compression stockings, as a first line of defense for varicose veins, just putting off the inevitable resultant surgical procedure in most people?

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. ...Read more

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Can compression stockings get rid of varicose veins?

Can compression stockings get rid of varicose veins?

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. ...Read more

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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 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). ...Read more

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Have varicose veins & saphenous vein valve not working. Why worse when using compression stocking or sitting/elevating leg? Heaviness, tingling foot.

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 treatment ...Read more

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My surgeon recommends compression stockings grade II for my varicose vains. How much?

My surgeon recommends compression stockings grade II for my varicose vains. How much?

Compression: Yes, so long as this is directed from your clinician. We need to know that your arteries are okay and then we can determine the correct level of compression. The levels of compression are measured in millimeters of mercury pressure. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How do I choose between knee or thigh high supportive stockings for varicose veins?

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. ...Read more

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47 yr htn 25 yrs reg. Medications varicose veins 3 yrs. What leg exercises keeps in control apart from stocking?

Stay active: Loosing weight if you are over weight, walking and exercise, wearing compression stockings, and avoiding lifting with the legs help prevent progression of disease. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Walking: Good if you are on blood thinner. Need to check with your doctor to see if it is safe for more strenuous exercise. Be careful you don't have an embolus to your lungs. ...Read more

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After removing my compression stockings, it seems my veins look even worse. They are dark blue and more towards the surface. Is this normal?

After removing my compression stockings, it seems my veins look even worse. They are dark blue and more towards the surface. Is this normal?

Venous insufficiency: Do you have venous insufficiency?
Why you wear compression stockings?
You may consider discussing this further on conceirge service with me. I do treat veins. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I am a runner and have varicose veins. A massagetherapist told me that I should get compression tights? Do the tights make any difference?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Varicose veins with a ulcer how long does the leg take to heal to normal with compression bandages?

Varicose veins with a ulcer how long does the leg take to heal to normal with compression bandages?

Depends: Compression alone may heal many venous ulcers but there is a high rat of reoccurrence because the underlying problem with the venous system is not treated. It is like putting a splint on a broken arm. See a venous specialist who can treat the underlying cause of the ulcer. ...Read more

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Do support or compression knee highs or socks work equally as well a support hose at preventing varicose veins? Should I wear them even at home?

Hose do not work: Data suggests that over 90% of patients who wear hose for varicose veins are either not made better or are made worse. Knee high hose are tolerated better than thigh high so I recommend those for people with chronic swelling or prior dvt. Hose will not prevent varicose veins. ...Read more

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Can wearing compression stockings too tight cause a Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Can wearing compression stockings too tight cause a Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Probably not: These stockings are devised to distribute force or compression equally. As such they are meant to retard and not foster DVT formation ...Read more

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Will skipping (jump rope) make varicose veins worse?

Will skipping (jump rope) make varicose veins worse?

Probably not: However I do see a lot of athletes with vein disease in their calf. Muscle hypertrophy may have something to do with it and not allowing veins to empty into the deep system. ...Read more

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Huge varicose veins, and they are only getting worse dbd, what's the solution for this?

Laser vein treatment: See a vein specialist or phlebologist. There are a variety of tools to address your issue. Laser vein treatment, phlebectomy and sclerotherapy are all incredibly effective in the right hands and done in office. Phlebology. Org for referrals. ...Read more

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Are varicose veins made worse by energy drinks?

No: There is no reason to think that they would. So no worries there. ...Read more

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What can be making varicose veins worse?

Prolonged standing: Heredity, prolonged standing, prolonged sitting, hormones, pregnancies, weight lifting, not using compression stockings, heat (hot climates), inactivity, not using your calf muscle...Some say obesity but even skinny people have varicose veins. ...Read more

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Can bicycle riding worse further varicose veins?

Can bicycle riding worse further varicose veins?

Activity is good: Any activity is good, will not allow the pooling of blood in the vericose veins, there by preventing superficial phlebitis (also deep veins prevent DVT). ...Read more

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If I sit for hours every day working, can my varicose veins get worse?

No: Fortunately, sitting doesn't cause you to get varicose veins and doesn't make them worse, as dr. Bulger said. Standing is actually far harder on veins than sitting is. Sitting for long periods of time can make symptoms from varicose veins worse though, especially swelling. Getting up and taking 5 minute walks every hour or two can make a big difference. ...Read more

Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

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