Risks Associated with Varicose Veins

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Hi! I am Dr M Szalay and today I am going to talk about risks aligned with varicose veins.

In addition to being unsightly, there are risks associated with varicose veins. It is important to be aware of these potential issues.

Varicose veins usually occur in women and can appear twisted, swollen and usually purple or blue. While most people are not bothered by their bulging veins, the condition can develop complications in some people when left untreated.

Here is a summary of some of these potential problems.

Itchy skin

It is possible to develop dry and itchy skin over the affected veins. Whilst this doesn’t require immediate treatment, it may signal a worsening of the underlying varicose veins.

As the varicose veins continue to deteriorate, there is poor drainage of the blood from the lower legs. The skin condition can also worsen and lead to varicose eczema which is characterized by red, flaky and scaly skin which can develop rashes and blisters.

Bleeding

The skin may become more fragile, resulting in it being more easily damaged. If the skin over the bulging vein is injured, bleeding may occur. The heavy bleeding may be difficult to stop but can be controlled by applying firm pressure to the bleeding point and elevating the affected leg.

Ulcers

Varicose veins interrupt the blood flow preventing the blood from draining properly through the skin. Even a small scratch, injury or any other skin change can fail to heal and develop into an  ulcer. Varicose ulcers usually form on the inner leg around the ankle and are painful.

Phlebitits

Inflammation can occur in the veins resulting in surface blood clots which make the skin around the affected area hard, red and tender to touch. Phlebitis can be painful but is not life threatening and can be easily treated.

Treatment options for varicose veins sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy and endovenous laser therapy.

No More Unsightly Legs! Here Are Some Common Treatments for Varicose Veins

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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:

Home Remedies

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.

Compression Stocking

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.

Sclerotherapy

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.