Travelling often involves sitting still in a confined space for long periods of time or not moving your legs for several hours. This can increase your risk of thrombosis or developing a blood clot. The highest chance of developing a blood clot occurs within the first two weeks after travel.
People at risk
Tips to follow when travelling
If you are travelling for more than 4 hours, or fly frequently, be aware of your risk factors and follow these general tips:
Compression therapy uses specially-designed socks or stockings to support your veins and increase circulation in your legs. By preventing blood from pooling in leg veins, compression helps overall circulation and diminishes any leg swelling you may have.
Selected pharmacies have certified staff members that can help you choose the compression stockings best for you. They can also help you pick the right size for your legs since compression therapy requires proper fitting.
Check with your pharmacist or healthcare provider to see if you should get compression stockings. Make sure you visit your pharmacist prior to your departure and discuss your other travel needs. This could include vaccinations and renewing your prescriptions to have enough supply for the entire duration of your trip.
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.