ZipZocs are zinc oxide impregnated sterile rayon stockings, used to dress chronic leg ulcers

They can also be used soothe and protect the lower legs, arms and hands if they are dry, itchy or inflamed due to skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or nodular prurigo.

Zinc is an important factor in wound healing as it can:

  • help break down slough and eschar (dead and dry, black tissue)
  • promote epithelization and granulation (wound healing)
  • stop bacterial growth


ZipZocs should be applied to cover the lower leg from the base of the toes to just below the knee. All folds should be smoothed out.

To protect clothes from ZipZocs a suitable outer bandage should be worn. Blue line Tubifast® is an appropriate outer dressing.

How often a ZipZoc is applied will depend on the clinical circumstances. This will be decided by your healthcare practitioner. ZipZocs can be left on for up to 3 days.

If the ZipZoc dries out it may cause skin trauma (damage to the skin) on removal so it is important to assess the ZipZoc’s daily to avoid this happening. If the ZipZoc does dry out, a generous amount of emollient should be applied to the ZipZoc before removal.

In the case of a calf with a large diameter, care should be taken to avoid constricting the lower leg. If there is any danger to the limb an alternative dressing should be used.


For further support or information please contact the:

Dermatology Department

Tel: 0300 422 5589

Monday to Friday

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ZipZocs GHPI1744_07_22 Department: Dermatology Review due: July 2025 PDF, 192.6 KB, 2 pages
Reference number GHPI1744_07_22
Department Dermatology
Review due July 2025