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The Styled Side: Got a medical condition? You can still look great

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These knee-high socks are actually compression socks created by Rejuva Health, based in California. Rejuva Health

Just because you have a medical condition doesn't mean you can't be fashionable.

"I have a somewhat rare congenital condition called May-Thurner Syndrome," says Michelle Dalton Tyree of Fashion Trends Daily. "It primarily affects young women who typically have already had a child, and most people don’t know they have it until they have had a massive blot clot."

The syndrome is caused by an artery that compresses a vein.

"It sits on it like a sumo wrestler and blocks blood flow, eventually causing clots," she says.

Tyree now needs to wear compression socks and stockings often, as well as a medical bracelet that indicates she's on blood thinners.

"I thought, 'There has to be some cuter options and better medical jewelry!"

It turns out, there are.

Rejuva Health, based in California, sells compression leggings, knee-high and stockings for women that come in a variety of colors and styles.

It was created by Kelsey Minarik who struggled with blood clots, herself.

"I was a junior in undergrad and I was living in Newport Beach," says Minarik. "When all my friends were getting all decked out and cute or ready to go the bar, I'd say, 'Hey hang on, let me put on my granny tights real quick.'"

She founded Rejuva as a way to offer more fashionable options.

There are choices for men, too, that look like athletic and dress socks.

This sector of the fashion industry took Michelle Dalton Tyree by surprise.

"Shockingly, when I started looking, there seemed to be a whole new category cropping up of these types companies," she says, with others including Vim & Vigr and BrightLife Go.

There are also a raft of stylish medical bracelets being created, as well.

Tyree notes some of the big ones include N Style ID, Lauren's Hope and Medical ID Fashions.

"Actually, there are a ton of products on Etsy, too!" she adds.

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