Varicose Vein Treatment Options & Diagnosis

Millions of men and women suffer from varicose veins. While they may have a hideous appearance, they are normally harmless. Varicose veins can develop in several different parts of the body including;

  • Thighs
  • Feet
  • Near The Nose & Cheeks

These are only cosmetic imperfections that some people find too embarrassing to live with. They will seek treatment, in hopes to get rid the varicose veins and save grace. There are several different treatments that are effective in improving appearance, reducing complications, and alleviating symptoms.

Etiology

Varicose veins are commonly caused from the vein walls becoming weak. Veins are equipped with a one-way valve that prevents backflow of blood from occurring. Over time the valve will become weak and will allow backflow, which causes a collection of blood to form. The veins will tend to swell and become twisted over time. This is how varicose veins are formed and without proper treatment they will slowly progress.

Telangiectasis

Telangiectasis is a cluster of red veins that form underneath the epidermis (outer layer of skin). These will normally show up around the skin, but are often found on the sclera (whites of the eyes). People find these more embarrassing because they are so visible for everyone to see. They will immediately seek treatment or cover them up with make-ups or foundations. These can be caused from pregnancy, excessive sun exposure, and alcohol use.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is normally found through a physical exam and interview. Physicians are capable of diagnosing varicose veins, just by looking at them, but sometimes diagnostic testing may be ordered to get a more clear diagnosis of the condition.

Treatment Options

The most affordable treatment to combat varicose veins is sclerotherapy. A salt solution or chemical is injected into the epidermis, where the varicose vein is located. This will solution will cause scarring and irritation to occur, which will eventually lead to the vein closing off. This treatment may have to be repeated several times, before the condition is completely healed. It is advised that you wait anywhere from four to six weeks in between the treatments to prevent complications from occurring.

Varicose vein treatment may consist of laser therapy. This is a non-invasive treatment that is very effective in the treatment of varicose veins. Laser therapy may need to be repeated several times to reduce the spider veins completely. This treatment is also very expensive and many people find that it is very unaffordable so they will look for a cheaper alternative treatment.

All Natural Treatments

There are some all-natural treatments that can help in alleviating the signs and symptoms of the spider veins. Avoid standing, sitting with your legs crossed, and wearing extremely tight clothing, because they tend to cause spider veins to worsen over time. If you are overweight, it is highly advised that you lose weight, which will help reduce the pressure put on your legs and feet. To increase blood flow to your lower extremities keep your legs elevated, when sitting.