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Caring for Your Graduated Support Hosiery:
Basic Wear and Care

Wearing Compression for the First Time
The first few times you wear your graduated compression hosiery, you will notice the 'squeeze'. It is okay to begin wearing your support stockings gradually. Try wearing them for just a few hours the first day, and then increase the number of hours each day until you can wear your supportive legwear comfortably throughout the day while you are up and about. Check your support stockings periodically to smooth out any wrinkles, as the fabric may move during the day. Remove your stockings before going to bed.

Wearing Compliance
It is important to wear your graduated compression garments everyday. Graduated compression stockings and sleeves manage an ongoing problem. When you remove your compression garment, the condition responsible for your symptoms is still there. Failure to wear your support hose may cause your condition to become more severe.

Care
Hand or machine-wash with warm water and mild soap or detergent.

  • Do not use a chlorine bleach on support wear.
  • Warm water rinse. 
  • Hang or lay flat to air-dry. 
  • May dry in a dryer on low heat or delicate setting.
  • Placing your stockings in a mesh laundry bag will help protect them during the wash cycle.

Replacing Your Garment
The elastic fibers of your graduated compression hosiery will break down with wear. Proper care will increase the "life" span of your stockings, but you will need to replace your stockings or sleeve about every three to six months, depending on how often you are wearing and how you are caring for your garment. As a general rule, if your garment becomes easy to put on, it probably needs to be replaced.

Quick Tips for Wearing Graduated Support Hosiery

arrow2 To achieve the best effects, put on your support hosiery first thing in the morning.
arrow2 Wear your graduated support hosiery daily.
arrow2 Do not wear your support hose while sleeping, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

Used by permission: BSN

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