If you have been told that you have vein disease, you may be wondering what can be done to help alleviate your symptoms. One option is the use of compression hose, which is a type of clothing designed to help reduce pain and discomfort associated with vein disease. Here’s the lowdown on compression hose, how they work, and what they can do (and not do) for your veins.
What is Vein Disease?
Vein disease is a term used to describe disorders of the veins that can result in pain, swelling, and even serious medical problems. These medical issues range from varicose veins to deep vein thrombosis, which are life-threatening conditions caused by blood clots blocking circulation in the veins.
Vein disease can affect both men and women of any age and can result in ulcers or lesions on the skin that require medical attention. Fortunately, if caught early and managed properly, it is possible for those affected to return to normal activity levels with minimal lasting damage.
It is important for anyone who suspects they may be suffering from vein disease to discuss their symptoms with a physician as soon as possible.
What Are Compression Hose?
Compression hose are special garments that are designed to provide pressure in specific areas of the body. Compression hose come in many different types, including pantyhose, tights, socks, stockings, and even arm sleeves. They are made from a variety of materials such as cotton, lycra, spandex, or microfiber blends. The amount of pressure provided by compression hose depends on the type chosen. Some types provide more pressure than others.
How Do Compression Hose Work?
Compression hose work by providing sustained pressure to veins in the legs which helps promote better circulation in those areas. This increased circulation helps reduce swelling and pain associated with vein disease as well as other conditions such as varicose veins or edema. The amount of pressure provided by compression hose will vary depending on the type chosen but typically ranges between 8-30 mmHg (millimeters of mercury).
What Can Compression Hose Do (And Not Do)?
Compression hose can help alleviate symptoms associated with vein disease such as swelling and pain, but they cannot stop or reverse vein disease itself. To do so it is important to seek medical attention from a vascular specialist who can diagnose and treat your condition in a safe and effective manner. Treatment options for vein disease include sclerotherapy injections, laser ablation therapy or phlebectomy treatment–all of which are available at Arizona Vein & Laser Institute.
Reach Out to the Professionals
If you have been diagnosed with vein disease it is important to understand how compression hose can help alleviate symptoms but not stop or reverse the progression of the condition itself. To ensure you receive proper treatment for your vein health needs visit Arizona Vein & Laser Institute for a comprehensive evaluation today! Our board-certified vascular specialists will provide you with an individualized plan tailored specifically to meet your needs! Contact us today at 602-298-8346!