Treating Varicose Veins
There are medical and lifestyle treatments for Varicose Veins which can relieve symptoms, improve appearance and prevent complications. These treatments include:
1. Compressions Stockings – there are 3 main kinds: Support Pantyhose for the least amount of pressure, Over-the-counter Compression Hose which give a little more pressure, Prescription-Strength Compression Hose for the greatest amount of pressure.
2. Sclerotherapy – very common treatment for varicose veins and spider veins. The doctor injects a liquid chemical into the vein which makes the vein walls to swell, stick together, and seal shut. When sealed shut, the blood flow stops and the vein becomes scar tissue. After a few weeks, the vein begins to fade. Possible side effects include stinging and raised patches of skin, brown lines around the treated vein and lumps of blood trapping in the vein and to cause inflammation. None of these side effects are dangerous, only the latter may require a follow-up visit to the doctor to remove the trapped blood.
3. Surface Laser Treatment – with certain cases, laser surface treatment can effectively treat smaller varicose veins and spider veins. The treatment sends strong bursts of light through the skin into the vein. This causes the vein to slowly fade and eventually disappear. However, not all skin types and colours can be treated safely using lasers. Heat from the laser can possibly be very painful so cooling is used to help. Possible side effects include swelling or redness of skin after treatment and burns or scars from wrongly performed surgeries which are rare.
4. Pin Stripping – a medical instrument called a PIN Stripper is inserted into a vein, the end of which is sewn onto the end of the vein. When the PIN Stripper is removed, the vein is also pulled out. As this can be quite painful, local or general anaesthetic can be used.