Varicose veins are twisted swollen veins that are visible through your skin. Any vein can become varicose but they are most commonly found in your legs. This is because standing and walking increases the pressure on the veins in your lower body. While unsightly, many times the veins are not a serious problem. There are steps to take to reduce the appearance of varicose veins and in some cases, serious problems can be treated medically.
- Plenty of Exercises
Get up and get moving. Daily exercise is key even if you are taking walks, parking farther away in parking lots or taking the stairs instead of the escalator. Focus on your calf and thigh muscles. This works best when trying to remove or reduce these veins. Keep those legs moving.
- Sitting and Standing for Long Periods
Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time because the blood will start to pool in the veins in your legs and it then causes the veins to stretch due to the increased pressure from the pooling of the blood. If this does happen it can cause the walls of the veins to weaken and it will cause the valves to be damaged. The whole purpose of this is to keep the blood circulating and this will help prevent or minimize varicose veins.
- Watch Your Weight
Weight loss will not get rid of this nor can it be reversed. Still, it’s important to be mindful of your weight because your weight does matter and it can play a major factor in which direction this issue can take you. It has been said that weight loss can expose any underlying varicose veins you may have not known about to become more noticeable so be careful.
- Elevate your Legs
If you have mild or either a moderate form of varicose veins you can try to elevate your legs as much as possible. Doing so will help reduce your legs from swelling. Wearing compression socks is good at helping minimize or preventing these abnormal veins from surfacing by keeping pressure on the leg muscles and helping your blood circulate. A more severe form of this condition may require minimally invasive treatments.
5.Seek Medical Treatment
If you want to have a procedure to close varicose veins you are in luck. You do have options. One medical treatment option is Endovenous Ablation Therapy is a minimally invasive treatment that requires the use of energy from the lasers and the procedure is imagery guided. During this procedure, you will be awake and then your using laser energy it then is cauterized closing the varicose vein.Sclerotherapy is another treatment option where a chemical or foam is injected into the veins that cause the vein to collapse or close the vein so it can no longer transport blood. In a few weeks after this procedure, the veins should fade.Ablation with a catheter is a method where the doctor with use heat from radiofrequency waves or lasers to destroy and ultimately close the vein completely. Lastly, another option is to surgically remove or strip the vein. This procedure involves tying the vein off before it joins a deep vein and removing the vein through small incisions.
You do not have to live with this uncomfortable, sometimes painful and unsightly condition. Help is available to those who seek and need it and being mindful of your daily activities can play a large role in keeping those annoying veins at away and at bay.