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Compression socks for long flight

Victoria, BC Canada
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Compression socks for long flight

Would it be a good idea to get compression socks for long flight between Australia and North America?

I’m talking about the ones you buy at the drug store not prescription.

No health problems (- age 55), but I heard they are good for long flights.

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Edinburgh
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1. Re: Compression socks for long flight

You’ve already got a few responses to the same question you asked on the air travel forum.

I’ve never worn compression socks. Badly fitting ones can do more harm than good.discuss this with your GP.

Victoria, BC Canada
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2. Re: Compression socks for long flight

I actualky got one response which wasn’t that helpful tbh.

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3. Re: Compression socks for long flight

"I actualky got one response which wasn’t that helpful tbh."

Did you actually read it? I thought was incredibly helpful. What more do you want, or is there a specific answer you are looking for?

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4. Re: Compression socks for long flight

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5. Re: Compression socks for long flight

I also thought that answer was excellent, and I have actually had a DVT and have to wear them myself. But if DVT is a concern or you've had one before, you may also need a series of shots to thin the blood before you fly long haul again. I know I will have to have that when I fly again, and then the socks really do not matter as much.

My specialist suggested those as seen on tv Miracle Socks as long as I had the shots, but she did also say that if I've had the shots it does not matter very much. Good hydration is more important.

My specialist advised I would need to keep hydrated during the flight with water, not other drinks. A lot of people avoid drinking much in flight because they do not want to have to visit the bathrooms very often - that is a huge no-no if you are at risk of a DVT.

I aim for 1500mls of water minimum per day in winter and 2000mls in summer, and I would have to keep to that in flight, which is a bit difficult when you are having to rely on them giving you water and you can't bring a big bottle through security. I would have to leave room in my carry on to bring my own correct amount of water and buy it after security. I would recommend to anyone travelling long haul to do the same.

I would need to do leg exercises and make sure I get up and walk around regularly. If I have a muscle cramp which will not go away no matter what I do, then I know that is a clot forming and need to see a doctor when I land. That is what happened last time.

I'll just say, having worn the prescription socks in hospital and the miracle socks after that, I did find the miracle socks to be very comfortable and generally do what they say on the box - soothe legs and feet. If you want to give them a try I don't see any problem with it, it is not like they can do you any harm. :)

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6. Re: Compression socks for long flight

I use compression socks that I bought from the pharmacy. I also like to get up and walk around.

Sydney, Australia
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7. Re: Compression socks for long flight

That’s interesting, mixednut. I had a big DVT years ago ( + the clexane & warfarin for months), have & wear prescription stockings on long hauls. I move around quite a bit & keep my H2O up, but never thought about, or had extra blood thinning injections recommended. I usually just take a couple of soluble aspirin. Maybe I should have a chat with my Dr/ vascular chap.

As an irrelevant aside, the compression bandage I had for my recovering broken wrist is very useful.

You have no idea how helpful & chivalrous it makes fellows around the baggage carousel & putting cabin bags up;). And even the odd Sydney cabbie!

Edited: 05 August 2018, 08:00
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8. Re: Compression socks for long flight

I wear them (just the chemist brands) for any flights over 3 hours as I am prone to ankle swelling.For the seriously long flights the trick is to keep them on for several more hours after you finally land. Don't just get the the hotel and whip them off.

Also good for the long flights is definitely to get up and stroll as often as possible and to rotate ankles regularly while seated.

And plenty of water.

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9. Re: Compression socks for long flight

"I had a big DVT years ago ( + the clexane & warfarin for months)"

They showed me the pack I would be prescribed for any future long haul flights and it was something like 6-10 clexane injections. I was lucky though because at the time they were just starting to prescribe xarelto as the long term drug rather than warfarin. I took that for a year. It does not need regular blood tests to monitor, yay!

OP, you are wise to at least be thinking about this - many travellers don't. :) I know I did not.

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