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Why Winter is the Best Time for Varicose Vein Treatment

by Jane Meggitt

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If you’re bothered by large, unsightly varicose veins, now is the best time to seek treatment. Why? Post-treatment, doctors recommend wearing compression stockings for several months. If you want to proudly bare your legs this summer, have your varicose veins treated in winter. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until the 2019 season to show off your varicose vein-free legs.

Varicose Vein Causes

Nearly one-third of the population will eventually suffer from varicose veins. These gnarly veins are often hereditary, so there’s not much you can do about that. Non-genetic causes of varicose veins include:

  • Excess weight
  • Pregnancy
  • Aging
  • Sedentary job or lifestyle
  • Varicose Vein Pain

Many people don’t suffer pain from their varicose veins – they are simply a cosmetic problem. For a sizable number, however, varicose veins may cause aches, itching and swelling. Some individuals develop leg ulcerations, ugly, painful sores. Less often, varicose vein pain is symptomatic of a potentially fatal condition known as deep vein thrombosis. If you suffer from varicose vein pain, treatment is important, since the situation no longer concerns merely baring legs in public.

Varicose Vein Treatments

Patients have several options when it comes to varicose vein treatment. The most common and least invasive include:

  • Sclerotherapy – the doctor injects a solution into the vein, causing it to collapse.
  • Radiofrequency ablation – in this procedure, the doctor guides a catheter into the vein via a small incision. Small blasts of electricity heat and shrink the vein until it collapses.
  • Laser ablation – this procedure is similar to radiofrequency ablation, although laser heat is used instead of electricity to cause the vein to collapse.

These procedures are conducted in the doctor’s office, and take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete. With all of these methods, blood circulating through the varicose veins is rerouted into other veins.

Varicose Vein Recovery

Most people can return to work the day after varicose vein treatment. The doctor will recommend the wearing of those compression stockings, as well as taking regular walks to keep blood flowing well. You may experience some minor pain, bruising and swelling in the legs for a week or so post-treatment. Any pain is manageable with over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen.

Get Your Legs Ready for Summer

Get in shape for summer by having your varicose veins treated now. Once on the beach or sitting by the pool, you won’t regret it.

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