Having Trouble with Varicose Veins? Here Are Some Solutions!
If you are wondering why veins show up it’s because arteries carry oxygen-rich blood to the extremities. Deoxygenated blood is brought back to the heart and lungs by veins and the muscles in a person’s legs and feet are the sole power of this return system.
Some of us have weaker valves genetically and if they give way the blood pools may cause veins to stretch, leak, and protrude.
The bulging lines on the legs are the result of such thing happening and they are called varicose veins. Spider veins look like tiny squiggles on the skin’s surface and they are like smaller versions of varicose veins.
Women are more prone to having visible varicose veins to men. This is common usually during pregnancy and female hormones. They both weaken veins. Other contributors causing varicose veins are being overweight, standing for extended periods of time, sitting a lot, not doing enough leg exercise such as walking, running or similar. Further, weak leg muscles can’t move blood to the heart effectively and being genetically predisposed to visible veins may accelerate their development. If you have a history of varicose veins it is recommended you don’t cross your legs as this position puts pressure on the valves.
How Do I Prevent Varicose Veins?
Exercise is a major stepping stone in preventing varicose veins. Working out will help control weight and keep leg muscles fit.
Low-impact activities, like biking and swimming which don’t put excessive strain on the legs are probably the best method of prevention varicose veins.
Apart from exercising, flats over heels should always be your choice. Flats allow the calf muscles to contract fully.
For 10 to 15 minutes at the end of the day sit with your legs propped higher than your heart to help drain any pooled blood. If your legs ache and visible veins run in your family you should consider wearing support hose. Don’t worry, nowadays they don’t resemble grandma’s stockings. They look more like black tights and will give you good shape and support. These are great because they help prevent blood from pooling.
How Do I Treat Them?
There are several ways that can help elimination/reduction of varicose veins.
The first being makeup. You’ll use camouflaging coat of self-tanner for small veins. This is not just the easiest but the least expensive solution too. You can also go with water-resistant body makeup which is also effective.
If you experience minor pain and aches or your legs feel heavy, taking a supplement of horse-chestnut seed extract may lessen discomfort but it won’t erase the showing veins.
For more long-lasting removal, we advise you pay a visit to your dermatologist who will probably suggest performing sclerotherapy on smaller varicose veins and spider veins. The procedure is based on injecting a detergent-based solution in the offending vessels. This then irritates their linings, which causes the veins to close and eventually disappear. As the needle goes in you feel the pain, but after little time has passed, the pain is gone.
Compression stocking is yet another great solution for the veins. The stocking doesn’t help the veins’ disappearance but it reduces the pain and potential swelling (in serious cases). The stocking works as a gradual therapy. The external graduated compression of socks or stockings acts as a layer of muscle. This “layer of muscle” gently squeezes the stretched vein walls together which then allows the valves to close. This way, the blood flow is reduced to a normal state which is aiding overall circulation.
The case of large varicose veins calls for a more aggressive treatment – endovenous laser ablation. The procedure is done with the doctor inserting a laser fiber or radiofrequency catheter into the damaged vein. This is done in order to destroy the damaged vein.
Some bruising is common in both sclerotherapy and laser ablation. Avoid taking anything that can thin your blood (i.e. aspirin) to minimize this.
Whichever treatment you chose, you should always consult with your doctor about the best fitting option for your case.