What are the side effects of compression stockings?

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Well, there’s a big news! A very relevant consensus document on compression therapy has just been published: Risks and contraindications of medical compression treatment – A critical reappraisal. An international consensus statement.

Recommendation 1: “We recommend that all compression therapy patients be screened for conditions that may increase the risk of complications, and that all compression devices be reviewed for proper fit and application. Contraindications to compressive therapy should be considered to limit the risk of side effects.”

Control of stasis eczema with corticosteroids and zinc oxide, use of emollients, adequate padding and the use of skin protective fabrics directly on the skin under compression devices are our strategy in the practice.

Recommendation 3: “To prevent allergic skin reactions due to compression devices, we suggest avoiding potentially allergenic substances and dyes in compression materials”.

Compression stockings

Do you suffer from varicose veins? This is a very common vascular problem that attracts attention because of its aesthetic appearance, but also has negative consequences on the health of the legs, such as pain and mobility disorders. Resorting to compression stockings is, in most cases, the best option to improve this disorder.

Compression stockings for varicose veins can be used both to treat venous disorders and to prevent their onset or aggravation. They help blood circulate up the leg. This has several positive effects:

Light and normal compression stockings are suitable for the prevention of varicose veins, people with severe leg pain and fatigue, pregnant women or for those who stand for long hours or go on long journeys.

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Compression stockings for varicose veins reach to mid-thigh and are held in place with silicone. They can be worn with all types of clothing and are especially comfortable for incontinent or pregnant women.

Compression stockings adverse effects

Article 1. In the pharmaceutical benefit of the Social Security are included the therapeutic stockings that are classified of strong or very strong compression in its homologation by the General Direction of Pharmacy and Medicines.

Art. 2. The therapeutic stockings homologated as normal compression stockings can be prescribed and dispensed at the expense of the Social Security under the terms and conditions established in article 9 of the Ministerial Order of October 16, 1979, which requires the authorization of the prescription by the Inspection of said Institute.

How many hours to wear the compression stockings

Follow the instructions on how long you need to wear your compression stockings each day. You may need to wear them all day long and they should feel firm around your legs. You will feel the most pressure around your ankles and less pressure at the top of your legs.Putting on your compression stockings

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What are the side effects of compression stockings?
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