Taking a long flight this holiday season? Being immobile for an extended
period of time, such as during a flight, can increase the chance of blood
clots forming in your legs. This is known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT),
which occurs most commonly in the lower leg, thigh or pelvis. According
to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, DVT is usually treatable
when caught quickly. Look for symptoms like swollen or painful calves,
fever and skin discoloration. Although the risk of DVT forming during
a flight is low for healthy individuals, those with diabetes, vascular
disease, or people who are overweight, pregnant or on birth control have
a greater risk.
One way to minimize the risk of DVT while traveling is wearing compression
socks or stockings. Compression socks squeeze your legs, helping your
veins and leg muscles move blood more efficiently. In flights lasting
more than 5 hours, compression socks help reduce leg swelling and discomfort.
They are also great for hiking, skiing and other outdoors activities where
you’re on your feet all day.
A full line of socks, stockings and other compression garments are available
at Baton Rouge General’s Healing Boutique, located inside the Bluebonnet
Gift Shop. Follow
The Healing Boutique on Instagram or call for a personal consultation.
Locate The Healing Boutique
Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet Campus
8585 Picardy Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Main Entrance or
Located inside the Gift Tree.
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.