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Four Treatment Options for Varicose Veins

by April Maguire

It's estimated that as many as 60% of Americans suffer from spider veins or enlarged varicose veins. Although this problem is incredibly common, medical experts are yet to agree on one surefire solution, as the effectiveness of the different treatment options can vary widely from person to person. In general though, there are a number of solutions that have been proven to help with varicose veins, and here are four that experts commonly recommend.

Wear Tight Clothing

It may sound simple, but if your varicose veins aren't too advanced then wearing compression stockings or other tight pieces of attire can help. Not only will wearing tight clothing ease some of the effects of varicose veins, such as pain or irritation, but it will also keep the problem from getting worse. If you're serious about using compression stockings to help with your varicose veins, then visit a medical supply store and have them fit a pair specifically for you.

Be Active and Healthy

One of the best ways to combat varicose veins is through lifestyle changes. Typically, varicose veins tend to strike people who are sedentary or who spend all day on their feet. So if you spend most of the day sitting down, get up and walk around regularly throughout the day. Conversely, if you spend most of the day running around, try to take a few minutes out of every hour to sit and take the weight off your legs. Additionally, it's a good idea to exercise regularly to promote healthy blood flow.

Sclerotherapy

If you want to get rid of varicose veins that have already formed, then medical intervention is needed. With sclerotherapy, a doctor injects an irritant into the affected veins, which causes them to collapse and eventually disappear. Although this method is effective for some people, others see mixed results, and sclerotherapy is not without its side affects, which include hyperpigmentation and irritation.

Endovenous Ablation

In some ways, endovenous ablation therapy is similar to scelotherapy in that the goal is to cause the affected veins to collapse. With ablation therapy, however, the doctor inserts a small wire or catheter into the vein that emits either laser or radio waves. These waves heat up the inside of the vein, closing it off and stopping blood flow. Like sclerotherapy, there is a risk of side effects, such as lingering pain or irritation, but for many doctors endovenous ablation is the preferred treatment.

If you're suffering from varicose veins, you shouldn't let the condition go untreated as it can result in a number of different health issues. To find out what treatment might work best for you, contact a doctor in your area and schedule a consultation.

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