Anti-embolism stockings are hosiery products that help reduce the threat of blood clots forming in the legs. Anti-embolism stockings improve blood circulation in the leg veins by applying graduated compression. Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is a blood clot in the vein. When the blood clot is formed in deep veins of the legs it is called Deep Vein Thrombosis. If the clot somehow travels and reaches the lungs it is called as Pulmonary Embolism.
Why to wear Anti-Embolism Stockings?
Stockings are the elastic garment that is worn around the leg. Anti-embolism stockings are effective in curing Thromboembolism. These specially designed stockings apply appropriate pressure on legs varying from 8mmHg to 50mmHg, that help prevent the occurrence of, and guard against further progression of venous disorders such as edema, phlebitis and thrombosis.
For how long should you wear it?
The duration may differ according to the severity and the recommendation of your healthcare professional. It could be 2 weeks or more. After surgery it is recommended to wear anti-embolism stockings until you are able to move around freely and comfortably. Compression stockings come in a variety of sizes, lengths and colors. They’re also available with different strengths of compression. You may need to wear them on both the legs or on just one leg. You should wear your compression stockings during the day and take them off before going to bed. Put them on again in the morning.
Cleaning and Caring of Stockings
Clean it frequently enough to remove the natural bodily secretions and skin flakes, which if you let it remain may cause the damage to stockings fiber and decrease the life span of the garment. You should choose two stockings keeping in mind that you are wearing one and other is on reserve that you can wear when you are washing what you are currently wearing. Hand wash your stockings at about 40 °C /104F (comfortable hand temperature) and dry them away from direct heat in the air.