Compression therapy is often the first line of treatment. Elastic stockings, otherwise known as graduated compression hose, provide external support to failing varicose veins, giving temporary relief of symptoms and, to some extent, correcting the direction of flow. They assist the valves that aren’t working properly to prevent the blood from pooling in the lower veins.
For many people, this simple remedy may be all that’s needed. A supervised trial of prescription strength elastic stockings is required before other treatments are considered, it is important to understand that the corrective effect of graduated compression hose lasts only as long as the stockings are worn. It may not be a permanent solution, but it can alleviate symptoms.
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