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How do you use compression stockings to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

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You put a compression stocking only on the leg that has had a DVT or symptoms. Typically, you only wear it during the daytime, although your doctor may suggest that you also wear it at night.

It's a good idea to put on your compression stocking first thing in the morning. That's when your leg is usually least swollen. Wear your stockings every day, or exactly as your doctor advises.

Make sure you smooth the compression stocking as you pull it on, so that there are no bunches or kinks. Also, check that the seams of the stocking run straight up your legs.

If arthritis or other ailments make any part of this difficult for you, a device called a "stocking donner" can be helpful.

Let your doctor know if your leg continues to swell even though you're wearing your stocking correctly.

Check your legs every day for redness, irritations, or other skin issues. These could be signs of an infection or a poorly fitted stocking.

SOURCES:

Cedars-Sinai.org: "Post-Thrombotic Syndrome."

The Lancet : "Randomised trial of effect of compression stockings in patients with symptomatic proximal-vein thrombosis."

Mayo Clinic: "Mayo Clinic Q and A: Tips for using compression stockings."

Hematology : "The post-thrombotic syndrome."

National Health Services (U.K.): "How long should I wear compression stockings to improve my circulation?" "How long should I wear compression stockings after surgery?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Prevention."

The Lancet Haematology : "Individualised versus standard duration of elastic compression therapy for prevention of post-thrombotic syndrome (IDEAL DVT): a multicentre, randomised, single-blind, allocation-concealed, non-inferiority trial."

Blood Coagulation, Fibrinolysis and Cellular Haemostasis : "Graduated compression stockings to treat acute leg pain associated with proximal DVT."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on August 5, 2020

SOURCES:

Cedars-Sinai.org: "Post-Thrombotic Syndrome."

The Lancet : "Randomised trial of effect of compression stockings in patients with symptomatic proximal-vein thrombosis."

Mayo Clinic: "Mayo Clinic Q and A: Tips for using compression stockings."

Hematology : "The post-thrombotic syndrome."

National Health Services (U.K.): "How long should I wear compression stockings to improve my circulation?" "How long should I wear compression stockings after surgery?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Prevention."

The Lancet Haematology : "Individualised versus standard duration of elastic compression therapy for prevention of post-thrombotic syndrome (IDEAL DVT): a multicentre, randomised, single-blind, allocation-concealed, non-inferiority trial."

Blood Coagulation, Fibrinolysis and Cellular Haemostasis : "Graduated compression stockings to treat acute leg pain associated with proximal DVT."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on August 5, 2020

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