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Doctor insights on: Can You Wear Pantyhose Instead Of Compressions Stockings

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Can you wear pantyhose instead of compressions stockings?

Not if want results: If your physician has prescribed compression stockings for you for a particular condition, then you require a certain level of pressure, measured in mmhg, to meet that goal. Unfortunately, regular pantyhose, and even over the counter "support" stockings do not meet these levels of compression, and will not provide the necessary effect. ...Read more

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Could i wear compression stockings to bed?

Could i wear compression stockings to bed?

Stockings in bed: Compression stockings are designed to benefit a person while up on their feet. There is no need to wear them in bed. ...Read more

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Should I wear compression stockings at night?

You can: If you have a venous ulcer, then wearing a low compression stocking at night is often recommended. Otherwise, there is probably no need. It is important to remember that the compression you should use at night (15-20 mm hg) isn't adequate for when you you are up and walking around. Then you probably need 30-40 mm hg. ...Read more

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Should i wear compression stockings after having cellulitis on my leg?

OK after resolution: Compression stocking is useful to help reduce edema (swelling) of the legs. However, if you have active cellulitis (infection of the skin), the pressure from compression stocking may cause further inflammation. Instead, during an active infection, i generally recommend leg elevation to reduce swelling. Once the infection is resolved, then you can resume using you're compression stocking. ...Read more

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How can I stop compression stocking from pulling my leg hair ? And keep them from being so hot ? I'm need to wear them but these issues make it hard.

How can I stop compression stocking from pulling my leg hair ? And keep them from being so hot ? I'm need  to wear them but these issues make it hard.

Stocking trouble: Cotton compression stockings are cooler than synthetic. There are also lighter, thinner stockings that are available. If you are wearing thigh high stockings and really only need knee high, the shorter ones will be cooler. Your best resource is probably the medical supplier who fits stockings. They can tell you what is available. The hair pulling thing might actually be trickier. ...Read more

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Post DVT compression stockings do I need to wear 24 hrs?

Controversial: The role of compression stockings is to help to squeeze the calf veins to improve the venous return of blood to the heart and prevent venous stasis. When ambulating, the calf muscle pump does this. When recumbent, the calf muscle pump is not working. I, therefore, feel that compression hose should be worn while sleeping to improve the venous return. A lesser compression could be used at night. ...Read more

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I am a very immobile person. Would it be wise and safe to wear compression socks/stockings since I have a family history of blood disorders?

I am a very immobile person. Would it be wise and safe to wear compression socks/stockings since I have a family history of blood disorders?

Probably not, Matt: You've 19 and you're so inactive you're thinking of wearing a old person's compression stockings rather than go talk a walk or play a ball game with your friends? What's up, buddy? This isn't you. Is someone interfering with your doing the things that a normal teenager gets to do? Perhaps your family physician can help you find a happier way to live. That's what I'll bet you really want. ...Read more

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Do compression stockings prevent DVT? So if you wear them does that mean you won't get DVT?

Nope: They do prevent DVT. However a thrombus/clot is a result of multiple factors, and a compression stocking can control (that too a degree) - one of them. There fore it cannot guarantee "that you won't get a dvt". But they do CUT down the risk of getting a DVT - so if your situation appropriates it, please do use it. I definitely ask my parents to use it while flying for long times. ...Read more