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