Does compression stockings prevent superficial thrombophlebitis?

Yes - proven. There is much medical research documenting the effectiveness of compression stockings in preventing thrombophlebitis. This includes prevention of deep & superficial thrombophlebitis, (ie DVT & SVT). Compression therapy is also a therapy for SVT & is used in the hospital for DVT prophylaxis. Especially useful if varicose veins or venous reflux as it helps improve vein flow & prevent SVT in varices.
No good evidence. I am not aware of any good study that has shown compression stockings preventing superficial thrombophlebitis. Doctors recommend compression stockings for various reasons but there is not good evidence that they prevent superficial phlebitis in ambulatory people. [ there is evidence that they prevent deep vein phlebitis or DVT in bedridden people.].

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I have had superficial thrombophlebitis in my varicose veins in my left leg. How do I prevent it for the future?

Support socks... And hosiery can help. Consult with your doctor about why you may have had the problem in the first place. You may need to be put on a blood thinner, or at least a daily dose of aspirin. On plane trips, make sure you get up and walk around often. Read more...
Treatment. The best way to prevent getting superficial thrombophlebitis in your varicose veins is to do something about your varicose veins. Treatment nowadays is simple and can be done is a doctor's office with very little discomfort and essentially no down time. The old days of vein stripping surgery, in the us, are pretty well gone. I would recommend seeing a vein specialist to talk about treatment. Read more...
Treat varicose veins. Prevention of recurrent superficial thrombophlebitis of varicose veins centers around the treatment of the varicose veins themselves. There are a variety of treatment options available and i would recommend that you see a vein specialist/phlebologist. In the meatime, compression stockings may aid in preventing recurence. Your physician may want to check you for clotting abnormalites as well. Read more...
Superficial. you should be evaluated to determine if there is a venous reflux issue. This evaluation is best accomplished by a venous Doppler-sonogram. A venous thrombosis in a varicose vein is most likely secondary to venous reflux,, and if so then the vein should be treated most likely with a thermal ablation procedure. Read more...

Are compression stockings enough to prevent a DVT when you fly?

Possibly. It's certainly something you can do. You should also get out of your seat and walk around. Although their is no proof, taking a baby Aspirin before flying couldn't hurt either. Read more...
Maybe. Walking is probably more helpful than wearing stockings. If you can't walk around, then flexing your feet and ankles against resistance is nearly as good. Drink lots of liquids and don't drink too much alcohol. Like dr. Gold said, a baby Aspirin might also help. Read more...
Yes Plus! I advise patients to do several things when they fly or drive for greater than 2 hours. Wear knee length compression stockings 20-30mmhg. Get up and move around every 2-3h hours to exercise the calf muscles to increase the calf muscle pump and improve the venous return and i also advise taking a baby Aspirin the night before the trip and day of the trip so adequate levels are present. Read more...
Air travel. This is the main thing to do as it forces vein blood flow out more rapidly preventing blood pooling Other things to do include drinking fluid and perhaps a baby aspirin. Read more...

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...

Will compression stockings prevent signs and symptoms of a blood clot in the leg?

No, probably not. While compressions stockings should help in the prevention of venous blood clots, their use should not hide or mask the signs and symptoms of a clot if one forms. Read more...
NO. While compressions stockings help in the prevention of vein blood clots, their use typically does not hide or mask the signs and symptoms of a leg blood clots. But unfortunately many people with blood clots do not have any symptoms in their legs to let them know that the clot is there. Sometime a pulmonary embolus occurs to the lungs without any warning, even though the clot began in the leg. Read more...

How do compression stockings prevent and help to prevent blood clots? I have a desk job and thinking of getting a few pairs.

They R best if -- --custom fit like jobst stocking . They compress the veins so there is no stasis. When U walk around, Ur muscles push the venous blood upward 2 the heart. If U have compression sox, it prevent pooling of blood & even tho U have a sit down job, the few times U get up & move around take the long route so U also get the benefit of muscle contracture. . Read more...
When legs swell. There is more blood just sitting around....as it sits in the vessels it can start to stick as opposed to it freely moving thru the vessels. Compression acts to prevent blood piling ...as it is being compressed and forced through the vessels.... Read more...

Is the treatment for superficial thrombophlebitis really compression? Its painful. Its on the back of my hand after being put under, can 'it' travel?

If tollerated. Compression is recommended, but if it hurts its not helping. if you can keep your hand elevated that would be helpful. Remeber fluids, warm moist compress, and NSAID. I recommend a baby aspirin daily . Read more...