Why are my legs so itchy after I take off my compression stockings?

Compression Stockings . 12 answers . 2 years ago

I wear compression stockings for varicose veins during my pregnancy. They ease the pain and tiredness, but my legs get so itchy sometimes - especially after I take my stockings off. What can i do to prevent the itchiness and are they too tight?

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2 years ago by Advanced Vein Center (View Profile)

Itchiness with compression hose sometimes occurs. I do not think it is related to them being too tight. Changing brands or using a moisturizer can help.

2 years ago by Advanced Vein Center (View Profile)

Itchiness with compression hose sometimes occurs. I do not think it is related to them being too tight. Changing brands or using a moisturizer can help.


2 years ago by The Vein Clinic (View Profile)

You might try changing the brand of hose you are using. You may be sensitive to the fibers in the hose.

2 years ago by The Vein Clinic (View Profile)

You might try changing the brand of hose you are using. You may be sensitive to the fibers in the hose.


2 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group (View Profile)

Try some skin moisturizer. Your skin may be too dry. Probably not related to tightness. Also an allergy is a possibility but not very likely. There are cotton stockings you might try as well.

2 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group (View Profile)

Try some skin moisturizer. Your skin may be too dry. Probably not related to tightness. Also an allergy is a possibility but not very likely. There are cotton stockings you might try as well.


2 years ago by Austin Vein Specialists (View Profile)

You may just have sensitive skin, or it may be the response of your nerves to the sudden release of pressure when the stockings are removed. The other possibility is that you may be having a topical reaction to the material in the stockings.

2 years ago by Austin Vein Specialists (View Profile)

You may just have sensitive skin, or it may be the response of your nerves to the sudden release of pressure when the stockings are removed. The other possibility is that you may be having a topical reaction to the material in the stockings.


2 years ago by Vein Specialties of St. Louis (View Profile)

In some people this can happen. I often recommend a non-Vaseline-based moisturizer such as Aveeno for very dry skin. Any of the oatmeal-based products can soothe your skin. Petroleum-based products can damage hose. Let moisturizer dry on your skin for a while or the hose may be difficult to put on. Compression strengths vary from 15-20mmHg to 30-40 mmHg during pregnancy. If they were measured correctly, they should be the correct fit. If you have put on weight during pregnancy, I would recommend you be re-measured and fitted in the appropriate size. We often recommend the higher compression at the end of second trimester or early third.

2 years ago by Vein Specialties of St. Louis (View Profile)

In some people this can happen. I often recommend a non-Vaseline-based moisturizer such as Aveeno for very dry skin. Any of the oatmeal-based products can soothe your skin. Petroleum-based products can damage hose. Let moisturizer dry on your skin for a while or the hose may be difficult to put on. Compression strengths vary from 15-20mmHg to 30-40 mmHg during pregnancy. If they were measured correctly, they should be the correct fit. If you have put on weight during pregnancy, I would recommend you be re-measured and fitted in the appropriate size. We often recommend the higher compression at the end of second trimester or early third.


2 years ago by The Sheen Vein Institute (View Profile)

Your itching can be due to a few things. First off, by taking your stockings off, you are in essence allowing your tissue and vein structure to expand. So, if you have vein disease, those abnormal veins will start to dilate since there is now nothing to hold them in. When varicose veins dilate, they allow more blood to pool resulting in an increased inflammation of the vein wall. This inflammation in the vein wall will then start to inflame the nerves around it causing an itching sensation. Secondly, the itching can result from the stockings pulling on your leg hairs or just the fact that removing the stockings may allowing your legs to breath better causing it to itch for a short period of time.

2 years ago by The Sheen Vein Institute (View Profile)

Your itching can be due to a few things. First off, by taking your stockings off, you are in essence allowing your tissue and vein structure to expand. So, if you have vein disease, those abnormal veins will start to dilate since there is now nothing to hold them in. When varicose veins dilate, they allow more blood to pool resulting in an increased inflammation of the vein wall. This inflammation in the vein wall will then start to inflame the nerves around it causing an itching sensation. Secondly, the itching can result from the stockings pulling on your leg hairs or just the fact that removing the stockings may allowing your legs to breath better causing it to itch for a short period of time.


2 years ago by Vein Center at University Medicine and Cardiology (View Profile)

As far as itching, make sure to rinse them after use and hang dry them. You may consider being re-fitted as you body undergoes changes with pregnancy.

2 years ago by Vein Center at University Medicine and Cardiology (View Profile)

As far as itching, make sure to rinse them after use and hang dry them. You may consider being re-fitted as you body undergoes changes with pregnancy.


2 years ago by VeinCare Centers of Tennessee (View Profile)

Support hose may absorb the oils from the skin. Use lotion at night to help with this. I doubt that itching is a sign that the hose are too tight.

2 years ago by VeinCare Centers of Tennessee (View Profile)

Support hose may absorb the oils from the skin. Use lotion at night to help with this. I doubt that itching is a sign that the hose are too tight.


2 years ago by Vascular Center and Vein Clinic of Southern Indiana (View Profile)

Compression stockings can sometimes cause itchiness. Eucerin cream, if applied daily, may help with itchiness and eczema.

2 years ago by Vascular Center and Vein Clinic of Southern Indiana (View Profile)

Compression stockings can sometimes cause itchiness. Eucerin cream, if applied daily, may help with itchiness and eczema.


2 years ago by Interventional Radiology Consultants (View Profile)

This could be a result of perspiration. Try putting talcum powder on your legs or in the stockings prior to wearing them.

2 years ago by Interventional Radiology Consultants (View Profile)

This could be a result of perspiration. Try putting talcum powder on your legs or in the stockings prior to wearing them.


2 years ago by Vein Clinic of North Carolina (View Profile)

Did you get measured for your compression stockings or did you get from a pharmacy or store? If you were not measured correctly, the stockings may be too tight. It can be normal to have itching after removing the stockings. Our skin is designed to let us know if something is different or hurting us. If you are
not allergic to an antihistamine, such as Benadryl, Zyrtec, Allegra, then this could help with itching.

2 years ago by Vein Clinic of North Carolina (View Profile)

Did you get measured for your compression stockings or did you get from a pharmacy or store? If you were not measured correctly, the stockings may be too tight. It can be normal to have itching after removing the stockings. Our skin is designed to let us know if something is different or hurting us. If you are
not allergic to an antihistamine, such as Benadryl, Zyrtec, Allegra, then this could help with itching.


2 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

Most likely the itching is due to dryness of the skin. Use a moisturizing cream such as aloe, vitamin E or cocoa butter (and let the moisturizer soak in or dry before you put on the stockings). Overly tight compression stockings may also contribute to the itchiness, so check with your doctor to make sure you have the correct stockings.

2 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

Most likely the itching is due to dryness of the skin. Use a moisturizing cream such as aloe, vitamin E or cocoa butter (and let the moisturizer soak in or dry before you put on the stockings). Overly tight compression stockings may also contribute to the itchiness, so check with your doctor to make sure you have the correct stockings.


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