Compression garments are pieces of clothing, such as socks, pantyhose, sleeves, etc., that provide support that is especially useful for people who have to stand for long periods, people with poor circulation or those prone to swelling and pain in their limbs.
The garments can come in varying degrees of compression. The higher degrees require a doctor's prescription. Compression garments worn on the legs can help prevent deep vein thrombosis and reduce swelling.
Compression sportswear is also worn by some athletes during exercise to prevent chafing and rashes, and it can be worn post-exercise to ease muscle stiffness and quicken recovery time.
HOW TO USE PRESCRIPTION COMPRESSION WEAR
Wear your compression wear all day, every day. The compression wear helps no one in a drawer.
The only time your stockins /socks / sleeve should be off is in bed, the shower or the poo. For many people showering in the morning and putting on compression wear imediately is the best plan.
You will need new compression wear every 6 months. Mark your calendar so you remember to replace your compression wear or mark the date you need to replace them on the garment with a sharpie so you know when to throw them away.
Hand or machine wash your compression wear and let it lie flat to dry. Special detergent is available that will help preserve the elasticity of the product but isn't necessary.
If you have trouble wearing your stockings, call the doctor.
Don't assume you should stop wearing your stockings if you are hospitalized. Ask your doctor.
Always wear your stockings to doctor's visits so he/she can check for swelling to see if the compression is working properly for you.
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