If you have varicose veins, you’re not alone: As many as 30% of Americans will develop them at some point in their lives. “Varicose veins form in the layer of fat between the muscle and skin,” she explains. As we age or experience hormone changes, the valves in our leg veins weaken, and may allow blood to leak backwards. When the blood pools like that, it can cause the veins to dilate and bulge.
The good news is that varicose veins are usually harmless. But in some cases they can cause physical discomfort—and about 10% of people suffer from more severe side effects (such as swelling and bleeding).
How can varicose veins be treated?
We’re lucky in that there are several procedures. The old days, when patients were treated with vein stripping, a procedure that required lengthy recovery time, are in the past.
Today’s options include sclerotherapy (injections of a solution that cause the problem vein to scar, forcing blood into healthier veins), endothermal ablation (a technique that uses a laser or high-frequency radio waves to seal off the vein), microphlebectomy (a minimally invasive surgery), or compression stockings, which can ease discomfort and are often used in conjunction with other treatments.
Each of these treatments has advantages, and every varicose vein patient is different. The best treatment for anyone is the treatment that you discuss and agree upon with your healthcare provider.
Are there any non-medical fixes?
Unfortunately, since varicose veins can be caused by a variety of factors (including genetics), there aren’t any reliable natural or home remedies. What’s known is that rapid weight gain or obesity, and standing for long periods of time can worsen any vein issues that exist; and getting regular exercise may help prevent vascular problems from arising in the first place.
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