Pantyhose and Stockings: Your Questions Answered
Are Pantyhose Good for Your Health?
Pro: Stockings Can Relieve Varicose Veins
When blood doesn't circulate well and pools in the lower legs, it can lead to the development of unsightly and painful varicose veins and spider veins (which are like varicose veins but smaller). Special pantyhose called compression stockings can help alleviate the aching, throbbing, and irritation that often accompany varicose and spider veins.
"Compression hose offer more support at the ankle and less compression as you go up the leg, so they help to push the blood up," says Luis Navarro, MD, director of the Vein Treatment Center in New York City. They're especially beneficial to wear when traveling for people who are prone to varicose veins or to deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a condition where potentially dangerous blood clots form, often in the legs.
Three basic kinds of compression hose are: drugstore and department store brands like Oroblu that designate "support" or "compression" on the packaging; over-the-counter hose sold at medical supply stores; and prescription-strength hose that require special fittings. Ask your doctor which type is best for your health issues.
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