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If you suffer from upper leg swelling or simply want to support the muscles and ligaments in the upper leg during physical activity, you may need to consider purchasing a thigh bandage. Such bandages come in a variety of styles, shapes, and intended purposes, so it is important for you to first determine how you intend to use the thigh bandage. If, for example, you need to dress an open wound, you will need gauze pads and some sort of adhesive tape to create a bandage. If you need compression to support muscles, you will need a bandage made from neoprene or a similarly tight material.
Injuries that do not recur may only require a temporary thigh bandage. These are usually made from nylon and rubber, and come in a roll that can be wrapped around the thigh easily. The rubber allows the fabric to stretch, meaning you will be able to adjust how tightly or loosely the bandage fits around the thigh. When using such a thigh bandage, you will need to use the bandage straps to secure the end of the bandage in place. These straps may feature small teeth that grip into the fabric, and they are usually included with the purchase of the thigh bandage. Instead of straps, some bandages are self-adhesive.
Compression bandages or braces are usually made from nylon, rubber, and/or neoprene. These thigh bandage models may feature hook and loop straps for added tightness and security, or they may simply be sewn in a cylindrical shape; they are then slid over the thigh to provide compression. When choosing a thigh bandage of this design, it is important to consider how well the brace will fit on your thigh; the bandage should be snug, but it should not cut off circulation or cause excess discomfort. A brace that is too loose will slide down when you move and may cause bunching that can lead to discomfort.
If you are an athlete, breathability will be an important consideration when choosing a bandage for your thigh. Sweat can accumulate underneath some materials, leading to discomfort, hot spots, or even blisters. Before purchasing a bandage, check what types of materials are used in the construction of the brace. Find out if those materials are breathable. If they are, sweat and other moisture will be pulled away from the skin to keep it dry and comfortable throughout the duration of physical activity. Some bandages will not be breathable; while this may not be an issue for someone who is not very active, athletes will not be as comfortable.