Are You At Risk For Developing Blood Clots? Compression Stockings May Help.
Wearing compression stockings or compression socks may be an appropriate action for those who have lower bodys circulatory issues. Compression stockings can also be a good idea for those who are bedridden or are sedentary for long periods of time. Often, people may not realize that their primarily sedentary lifestyle may be causing or exasperating poor circulation in their body. Poor circulation can have serious consequences, including loss of life. Blood clots can form what is known as a DVT, or deep vein thrombosis. This is a clot that has become lodged in the large, deep veins of your legs. Over time, this blood clot may become mobile and travel to your lungs, causing a clot in the lungs. This is known as a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism can be the cause of infant death, and often, people who suffer a pulmonary embolism are usually unaware that they had a problem with blood clots to begin with. For this reason, a pulmonary embolism is known as a silent killer. This is why it is a good idea to wear compression stockings or compression socks if you have problems with circulation.
Doctors can prescribe compression socks or compression stockings for people who need them. However, you don't need to wait to see your doctor before realizing that you do not move around enough and are at risk of blood clots. Compression stockings are a lot like pantyhose, except they are much thicker and stronger. Unlike pantyhose, they will not run or tear and can withstand many, many uses. They are available in black or nude colors to either coordinate with your outfit or to be virtually unnoticeable. Most people cannot tell the difference between fashion pantyhose and compression stockings. Your doctor can tell you how often to wear your compression stockings and how long to wear them for. The stockings are not usually uncomfortable but can be a bit of an inconvenience to put on and take off each day. If you have been hospitalized for an extended period of time, you may want to ask your doctor if these stockings may be beneficial to you.
How to care for compression stockings
Due to the close and constant contact with your body, you will need to clean your compression stockings often. In general, these stockings should not be washed in a washing machine. Instead, they should be hand washed and hung up to dry. This will help to preserve them, so that they last as long as possible. Do not put these stockings in a clothing dryer where they can shrink, lose their elasticity, or otherwise become damaged. If you will be wearing the stockings often, it might be a good idea to buy several pairs of them. Having multiple pairs of compression stockings can also help you to rotate them while minimizing the wear and tear on them.
The warning signs of a DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
If you ever feel signs of a clot in your legs, you should see your healthcare provider immediately. Signs of a DVT include redness or swelling in your legs, skin that feels excessively warm to the touch and generalized swelling. Deep vein thrombosis may also present as a sudden and severe sharp pain in your calf or thigh. Many doctors are unaware of this sign, but you don't have to be. People who have a DVT may also be completely asymptomatic, which means that they will not have any noticeable signs or symptoms. If you do notice any signs and symptoms of a DVT, or are concerned that you may have circulatory issues, see your doctor immediately. Your doctor can schedule you for a doppler to verify that you are not at risk of a DVT.
Compression stockings are a simple prevention to a life-threatening condition. Some insurance companies may cover the cost of compression stockings. If not, you will need to pay cash and the money that you spend could be the best money that you have ever invested in your health. Compression stockings are appropriate for both men and women if they become medically necessary, so do not let the word "stocking" fool you. Compression stockings cover both the upper and lower legs while compression socks focus on the lower legs. Speak with your physician to find out which option is most appropriate for your health condition.