As soon as you start to notice the appearance of varicose veins on portions of your legs and feet, you just can’t help but wish that you could somehow magically make them fade away. Unfortunately, magic apparently does not work for everyone and is not one of the treatment options available for varicose veins.
So instead of merely “wishing” those unsightly veins off, here are some natural remedies that you can do even without having to visit a clinic:
Elevating the legs after a hard day’s work.
Was most of your day spent on countless hours of standing or sitting? That could hinder adequate blood flow in your legs, causing the appearance of varicose veins. Once you get home, prop your legs up on the wall in order to promote venous blood return in these areas.
Wearing compression stockings.
Compression stockings can be bought over-the-counter. They are designed to augment blood flow in the legs and hamper the progress of varicose veins.
Refraining from prolonged periods of sitting or standing.
As earlier mentioned, standing or sitting down for long durations can cause varicose veins. People who are stuck in jobs that require long hours of standing and sitting need not fret, though. To counter the possible effects of such inactivity, go on walking breaks or wiggle your toes while standing up in order to improve circulation in the area.
Maintaining a healthy weight.
Obesity can be one of the causes of varicose vein formation in the legs and feet, since too much weight from the upper mid section can exert more pressure on the lower limbs.
Meanwhile, there are also procedures for varicose veins treatment that you can avail of from medical professionals. These are the following:
A nonsurgical procedure which involves the injection of a salt solution (sclerosant) directly onto the vein – triggering irritation, swelling, and scarring of the varicose vein. This procedure can be done in the specialist’s clinic, and does not require the patient to be hospitalized.
Endoscopic vein surgery
This is a minimally invasive procedure in which the specialist makes a small incision near the varicose vein and inserts an endoscope in it to get a view of the inside. Additionally, a surgical device is attached to the tip of the endoscope which will be used to close off the vein. Like sclerotherapy, no hospital admission is required. Regional anesthesia will be administered.
Vein stripping and ligation
Small incisions are made around the targeted vein, which will be tied and shut. This is also an outpatient procedure in which the patient will be temporarily sedated during the process. Usually, recovery period takes about one to four weeks. Stripping and ligation is rarely done unless the case is severe and is causing a high degree of discomfort to the patient.
Here, radio active waves or laser energy is used to get rid of the varicose vein. It is non-invasive and usually addresses smaller varicose vein problems or spider veins.
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Cedric Loiselle is a passionate writer who consistently provides helpful information about health, beauty, and fitness. He recommends Southern Vein and Laser Institute for varicose and spider vein removal.