Hi! I am Dr M Szalay and today I am going to talk about common treatments for Varicose Veins.
Do you have abnormally twisted, swollen veins visible through the surface of your skin? You’re not alone. Many people, mostly women, develop varicose veins usually around the legs and ankles at some point of their lives as a result of ageing, wear and tear on the valves, inflammation in the veins, and sometimes pregnancy.
Varicose veins aren’t just a minor ailment that gives your legs an unsightly appearance. They also cause symptoms such as pain, burning, swelling and heaviness in the legs, skin rashes and occasionally skin ulceration.
Fortunately, there are a number of treatments and procedures for varicose veins that can be performed depending on the severity of the condition and the underlying cause.
Here are some tips that help prevent varicose veins from forming, relieve symptoms, improve the appearance of affected area and help prevent complications:
By making a few easy changes in your lifestyle you can reduce the chances your condition from getting worse as well as ease pain and other symptoms. These changes include:
- Avoid sitting and standing for long periods.
- Avoid Crossing your legs and elevate your legs whilst sitting.
- Do physical exercises with a focus on legs to improve muscle function and promote blood circulation though the veins.
- Losing wait can also help improve blood flow and reduce the pressure on the veins.
- Avoid wearing high heels and tight clothes as they can increase the stress on the veins and worsen your condition.
Often recommended by doctors, compression stockings are another common approach that can be used preferred before moving on to more complex treatments. The stockings create subtle compression around the legs while allowing blood to move efficiently through the veins.
This procedure involves injecting a small amount of a chemical solution into the affected veins. This collapses the enlarged and diseased veins in the affected area, causing these veins to close off. Sclerotherapy is effective when used on smaller varicose veins as well as the threadlike spider veins. Following the treatment, the patient can immediately resume normal activities. Best results are achieved when sclertherapy is combined with a compression stocking for 1 to 2 weeks.