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Can you wear pantyhose instead of compressions stockings?

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Dr. Craig Schwartz
Phlebology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Ted King
It is possible to get graduated compression pantyhose that will apply the proper amount of pressure to be of benefit. They also come in a maternity style for pregnant women.
Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Not enough pressure.

In brief: No

Not enough pressure.
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Doesn't solve issue.

If you require support stockings then pantyhose do not replace that.
Support pantyhose are available and are especially used during pregnancy. As far as compression is concerned, most of the time to the knee is sufficient since the majority of compression occurs with the calf muscles. There are occasional patients who require thigh compression and even less that need it to the belly button.

In brief: Doesn't solve issue.

If you require support stockings then pantyhose do not replace that.
Support pantyhose are available and are especially used during pregnancy. As far as compression is concerned, most of the time to the knee is sufficient since the majority of compression occurs with the calf muscles. There are occasional patients who require thigh compression and even less that need it to the belly button.
Dr. John Landi
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Compression panty-

Hose are also made.
If your doctor has told you that you need compression and you prefer to wear pantyhose, they are readily available in multiple colors and amounts of shearness from your local durable medical supplier.

In brief: Compression panty-

Hose are also made.
If your doctor has told you that you need compression and you prefer to wear pantyhose, they are readily available in multiple colors and amounts of shearness from your local durable medical supplier.
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Compression stocking

The real issue here is the level of compression that is needed to treat the underlying condition.
Over the counter 'panty hose' stockings usually do not have the level of compression that is needed if your doctor has prescribed compression for you. With that said, many of the prescription grade stocking lines make products that are medically effective and cosmetically tolerable.

In brief: Compression stocking

The real issue here is the level of compression that is needed to treat the underlying condition.
Over the counter 'panty hose' stockings usually do not have the level of compression that is needed if your doctor has prescribed compression for you. With that said, many of the prescription grade stocking lines make products that are medically effective and cosmetically tolerable.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Compression

Compression stockings are graduated with higher pressure at the ankle and the pressure drops as the stocking continues up the calf Pantyhose is ok ,in length,as long they are termed support or comptression,regular pantyhose will not accomplish that,

In brief: Compression

Compression stockings are graduated with higher pressure at the ankle and the pressure drops as the stocking continues up the calf Pantyhose is ok ,in length,as long they are termed support or comptression,regular pantyhose will not accomplish that,
Dr. Norman Chideckel
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