Compression Therapy and Burns

We recently had a customer inquire about compression products for burns – which products are best to reduce scarring?

Why Wear Compression Garments to Recover from Burns

Compression therapy provides several benefits for patients recovering from burns. Consistent pressure over the site of the burn can minimize the development of scarring by promoting circulation of damaged tissues and flattening raised scars. Additionally, Regions Hospital says that compression garments can reduce itching and extremity pain by supporting the vascular system.

According to the University of Washington, compression garments should be worn for at least 6 months, and in some cases up to two or three years after injury.

Importance of Fabric Choice in Compression

Compression garments are made from a variety of different materials, but wearing garments with antimicrobial properties is best for burn patients. We recommend customers wear garments or bandages that are woven with silver, a naturally antibacterial fiber. Silver fibers can kill almost 100% of bacteria on the skin to prevent infection as well as bad smells from forming. Silver is also known for promoting healing and reducing scarring.

Recommended Compression Products

BrightLife offers a variety of options depending on the part of the body that needs compression.

  • Bandaging: Most parts of the body can be reached with bandaging. We recommend starting with a silver fabric, like the Silverseal X-Static Tubular Component and covering it with a short-stretch compression bandage.
  • Knee Highs,Thigh Highs and Pantyhose: If your burn is on your leg, there are many different options for compression. Juzo makes a line of silver infused products from knee highs to thigh highs. Additionally, Solidea has a line of knee highs, shorts and leggings for both men and women that are antimicrobial and massaging.
  • Arm Sleeves and Gloves: Again, Solidea is a great option for silver infused compression garments.
  • Custom Garments: With the help of your medical provider, we can order custom-made compression garments (sewn to your specific measurements) in a number of different brands. Just give us a call at 1-877-545-8585 to learn more.

 

2XU – Two Times You

2XU is one of, if not the most popular, running and performance compression sock on the market.  They use the best quality yarns to knit a sock that is extremely comfortable and durable.

My first 2XU wear test – style: MA2442e Performance Run Socks for Men

2xu-for-blogFriday 8am: Today I’m going to sit behind a desk for 8 hours.  I take the socks out of the box, which is pretty cool by the way, and put them on.  There’s a right and left foot, and I get it right!  Very soft, great elasticity, and a perfect length.  If the foot feels this comfortable at the end of the day, I’m going to love these socks.

Friday 7:30pm:  Have barely thought about my socks all day, a sign of real comfort.  The top band is exactly where I placed it getting dressed in the morning.  Legs feel great, feet are dry.  No wrinkling over the instep, a problem I have with a lot of compression stockings.

Saturday: Laundry day

Sunday 8:30am:  It’s supposed to be partly sunny today, with highs in the 60’s, and rather humid. Have a full day of activities planned with our Security Chief, Oslo.  Time to give the 2XU’s another try.  We go to the Dupont Farmer’s Market, S Street dog park, and paint store before lunch.  After a burrito and kibble, it’s time for a hike in Rock Creek Park.

Oslo the schnauzer in Rock Creek ParkSunday 6pm:  2XU will be added to the socks I wear on a regular basis.  I don’t run, but do lead a very active life, and compression socks make my legs feel better.

Follow-up:  I wore another pair of 2XU yesterday.  If I could, I’d be barefoot all day.  The foot portion on these socks is so comfortable, I don’t notice it…as close to barefoot as I can get at the office.  The compression is on the high side.  2XU are rated at 18-30mmHg, and this definitely feels like a 20-30mmHg compression stocking.  Great elasticity in the length.  These socks would comfortably fit someone with a leg a couple of inches shorter or longer than mine.

New Products to Treat Lymphedema

Solaris Medical and CircAid have both introduced new products for use in treating lymphedema.

For the early decongestive phase of treatment, CircAid has developed revolutionary new Reduction Kits that replace bandages and wrapping.  Made from a soft neoprene like material, Reduction Kits have straps with Velcro closures.   You can easily take the garment off to bathe and put it back on correctly so you don’t loose any of the reduction you’ve gained.

Reduction Kits must be sized and customized by your clinic or therapist.  As your limb reduces, you can make small adjustments to the garments size.  After significant reductions, the Kit can be adjusted or further customized by your therapist.

Available for both upper and lower extremities, CircAid Reduction Kits allow you to lead a normal life, without constant visits to a clinic or therapist for wrapping.

reduction-blogOnce you’ve completed the decongestive phase of treatment, you’ll need garments to maintain the gains you’ve made.  Solaris Medical has just launched a new line of compression garments designed for lymphedema treatment called Exo.

ExoSoft is made from a circular knit fabric (no seams) and is available in knee highs, thigh highs, an arm sleeve, gauntlet and three gloves with varying finger lengths.  All are a 20-30mmHg compression.  ExoSoft offers a moderate level of containment.

ExoStrong is made from the same flat knit fabric used to make custom stockings.  Also available in knee highs, thigh highs, arm sleeve, gauntlet and three glove styles.  ExoStrong provides a compression of 20-30mmHg too, but with a very high level of containment.   Both of the Exo lines are available in beige and black.

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