Phlebologie 2014; 43(03): 140-143
DOI: 10.12687/phleb2190-3-2014
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Contact allergy to compression stockings: Is this possible?

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E. M. Valesky
1   Dept. of Dermatology, Venerology and Allergology, University Hospital Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main/Germany
R. Kaufmann
1   Dept. of Dermatology, Venerology and Allergology, University Hospital Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main/Germany
M. Meissner
1   Dept. of Dermatology, Venerology and Allergology, University Hospital Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main/Germany
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Publication History

Received: 21 January 2014

Accepted: 12 February 2014

Publication Date:
05 January 2018 (online)


In the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency or lymphoedema, compression stockings are standard therapy. Nevertheless, patient compliance is relatively low. One reason for this are symptoms such as itching, burning or redness, which are considered by patients, but also frequently by attending physicians, as an allergy to the compression stockings. The review covers the basics of contact allergies, shows how often allergies to compression stockings occur and what the causes are, and briefly describes the common differential diagnoses, their causes and prevention.

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