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How do you treat post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS)?

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Compression stockings. The main way to treat PTS is to wear an elastic compression stocking.

IPC device. Your doctor may prescribe an intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) device to wear to apply pressure to your veins.

Skin care. Keep your skin moistened with a lubricant like petroleum jelly or zinc oxide cream, which forms a barrier to protect your skin. Your doctor may also prescribe steroid cream or ointments.

Leg ulcer treatments. If you develop leg ulcers, you may need to see a specialist, such as a dermatologist (skin doctor) or vascular surgeon, or work with a wound-care nurse.

Surgery. For people with severe symptoms who don�t find relief with compression treatment, surgery may be the next step.

SOURCES:

VascularCures.org: “What Is Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS)?”

National Blood Clot Alliance: “Post-Thrombotic Syndrome.”

Cedars-Sinai Hospital: “Post-Thrombotic Syndrome.”

American Society of Hematology: “How I Treat in Brief: Managing Post-Thrombotic Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on March 20, 2020

SOURCES:

VascularCures.org: “What Is Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS)?”

National Blood Clot Alliance: “Post-Thrombotic Syndrome.”

Cedars-Sinai Hospital: “Post-Thrombotic Syndrome.”

American Society of Hematology: “How I Treat in Brief: Managing Post-Thrombotic Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on March 20, 2020

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