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Treatments for Varicose Veins

Treatments for Varicose Veins

Key Takeaways

  • Varicose veins don’t bring complications to many
  • Compression stockings help reduce the pain, distress, and inflammation caused by varicose veins
  • You may want to consider compression stockings if you are experiencing deep venous incompetence

Varicose veins are a condition where veins are visibly inflamed, and can be felt under the skin. The most affected areas are the legs. One in every four are affected by varicose veins. Women are affected most by them, and risk increases with age.

If you have evident symptoms, there are measures that can help assist you in treating symptoms of the condition.

Curing varicose veins is important for a number of reasons:

  • Improving your self image
  • Treating problems such as ulcers, inflammation or change of skin color

Before beginning any treatment regimen, your physician will advise six months of private home care, including:

  • Wearing compression stockings
  • Exercise
  • Avoid standing for long periods of time
  • Slightly lifting the affected area while resting

Review the benefits and drawbacks of each treatment option for varicose veins, and choose the option best suited for your individual needs.
Compression stockings

These stockings are expressly intended to progressively compress your legs to boost blood flow. They normally grip most at the ankle and loosen up towards the leg. This strengthens blood flow to the heart.

Compression stockings help reduce the pain, distress, and inflammation caused by varicose veins. However, it’s not proven if they prevent varicose veins from exacerbation, or curbing the appearance of additional varicose veins.

Compression stockings can be purchased in several distinct sizes and pressures. Many with varicose veins are advised to get a class one, (light compression) or class two ( medium compression) stockings.

They can be found in:

  • Diverse colors
  • Diverse lengths-Some are knee length, others are thigh length.
  • Diverse foot styles- Some wrap the whole foot and others leave the toes exposed.

Compression tights are another option, and are sold by pharmacies or bought directly from manufacturers.

You may want to wear compression stockings f you possess deep venous incompetence. This is when you have blockages or valve problems in your leg veins.

In the event of surgery to remove the damaged veins, you will need to wear compression stockings post-surgery.
Wearing the stockings

It’s recommended that you put on the compression stockings immediately after waking up, and remove them before going to sleep.

They can make you feel uncomfortable, especially on hot days, but it’s important to remember that their efficacy will be directly affected if you do not wear them as advised. Make sure the stocking not to sag downwards, reducing effectiveness.

Talk to your doctor if the stockings become difficult to wear, or if they don’t fit properly. It is possible to get customized stockings.
Advanced Treatment
If your varicose veins require advanced care, or are causing complications, the best method will be determined by your health. Generally position, size, and how badly the veins are will determine this. Consult your doctor for the best treatment option that will be tailored to you.
Endothermal ablation
A popular treatment administered, is endothermal ablation. This employs the use of high frequency radio waves (radiofrequency ablation) or lasers (endovenous laser treatment) to close up the distressed veins.