If you have been living with enlarged, twisted, ropey veins just under your skin, you know the physical and emotional consequences of this problem can be frustrating. The itching, swelling, and aching that go hand in hand with varicose veins is often just as distressing as their appearance.
There are two common approaches taken with varicose veins: treat them at home, or have them removed by a qualified vein specialist. Here are some of the home remedies that people often try:
- Exercise on a regular basis to keep blood flowing properly.
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight in order to reduce physical stress on lower extremities.
- Wear compression stockings to promote circulation.
- Sit with legs propped up whenever possible.
- Avoid sitting or standing for too long.
These habits may continue for months or years before a person decides to have varicose veins treated. The choice to treat at home or have professional care performed really comes down to personal preference. Here are some things you should know as you consider your options:
- Treatment can be obtained whenever you wish. It is not mandatory that you develop home care habits first, or maintain them for any particular length of time. If you want varicose veins treated simply because you hate the way they make your legs look, you can get the care you need at any time you wish.
- The appearance of varicose veins typically does not improve with home care. The point of the above-mentioned habits is to alleviate uncomfortable symptoms associated with problematic veins.
- The type of treatment that is appropriate for you may depend on the size and extent of your varicose veins. It is often possible to remove larger veins using endovenous laser treatment or radiofrequency. Sclerotherapy has long been used to close smaller varicose veins.
- Although the method of treating varicose veins can differ, the end result is the same. Veins are closed, and circulation redirects to other veins.