DVT - discharge; Blood clot in the legs - discharge; Thromboembolism - discharge
Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is when a blood clot forms in a vein that is not on the surface of the body.
It mainly affects the large veins in the lower leg and thigh. The clot can block blood flow. If the clot breaks off and moves through the bloodstream, it can get stuck in the brain, lungs, heart, or other area of the body, leading to severe damage.
Wear the pressure stockings prescribed by your doctor. They will improve blood flow in your legs and lower your risk for problems with blood clots and long-term complications.
Avoid letting the stockings become very tight or wrinkled.
If you use lotion on your legs, let it dry before you put the stockings on.
Put powder on your legs to make it easier to put on the stockings.
Wash the stockings each day with mild soap and water, rinse, and air dry.
Be sure you have a second pair of stockings to wear while the other pair is being washed.
If your stockings feel too tight, tell your doctor or nurse. Do not just stop wearing them.
Guyatt GH, Akl EA, Crowther M, et al. Executive Summary: Antithrombotic Therapy and Prevention of Thrombosis. 9th ed. American College of Chest Physicians Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines. Chest. 2012;141(2 suppl):7s-47s.
David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.