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How to Avoid and Treat Varicose Veins

Paisley Hansen Nov 21, 2019
If you have some vein discoloration, or are concerned and want to prevent them from appearing, here are some simple methods that can help you avoid and treat varicose veins.
Varicose veins can cause you to become self-conscious and may cause you to avoid activities you really enjoy just to keep your legs hidden. If you have some vein discoloration, or are concerned and want to prevent them from appearing, here are some simple methods that can help you avoid and treat varicose veins.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are the result of blood that has pooled within your veins. They appear as thickened veins that might look like rope or cord with a blue or green color. The most common location for their appearance is on your legs, and they are generally limited to surface veins.
Within the veins, there are valves that allow blood to flow in a single direction: back towards the heart. If those valves fail or weaken, they can allow blood to stagnate within the veins, resulting in increased pressure and potentially distorting the vein walls.
Since your veins are not designed to operate under the same amount of pressure as your arteries, they generally have thinner walls. These are what you see in varicose veins.

What Treatment Options Are Available?

If you have already developed varicose veins or their smaller cousins known as spider veins, then you may want to consider getting treatments to have them removed. The gold standard in vein treatments is known as sclerotherapy. It is minimally invasive and generally requires little to no downtime on your part.
During your treatment, a needle is used to inject an irritant into your affected veins. This causes them to swell and close off. Eventually, the treated veins are dissolved and expelled by your body. Your blood flow is naturally diverted to other, healthy veins near the treatment area.
Many people choose to go to a specialized vein clinic, where they feel confident about the treatment options presented to them. When you are selecting a professional to perform your sclerotherapy, make sure they are experienced with the procedure.
You will also want to know that they have undergone extensive sclerotherapy training to know about changes and updates in treatment options.
Other methods are available to treat varicose veins. Some of them are more invasive, involving the insertion of catheters or even minor surgery. Luckily, there are also some lifestyle changes that can help ease pain or discomfort from the condition.
Although there are no surefire ways to prevent varicose veins from forming, there are some ways to help you avoid getting varicose veins. Here are some suggestions to help you keep your legs free from signs of venous disease.

Maintain a Healthy Blood Pressure

Since blood pressure plays a direct role in varicose veins forming, it makes sense that keeping it at a healthy level would help you avoid the condition. Talk to your doctor about lifestyle changes or medications if you have trouble keeping your blood pressure under control.

Avoid Standing or Sitting in One Position

Whenever you can, avoid staying in the same position for long time. People who stand or sit without moving much may develop varicose veins as there is less blood circulation.
If you know you will be in one position for prolonged periods, consider wearing compression stockings to help increase circulation in your legs and offer them a touch of support. Sitting with your legs crossed can further aggravate the circulatory system, so try not to if you can help it.

Eat a Well-Balanced Diet

Your position and movement isn't the only thing that should be balanced to prevent varicose veins from forming. Try to eat a well-balanced and nutritious diet. Focus on plant-based foods like beans, legumes, and leafy green vegetables for the best impact.
These can help you maintain a healthy weight and may contribute to lower blood pressure, which may lower your chances of getting varicose veins.

Exercise Regularly

Staying active and exercising regularly can help you in several ways. it is linked to better overall cardiovascular health, which directly affects the health of your veins. It can also boost your circulation so that blood keeps pumping and does not become stagnant within the veins of your legs.
Finally, people who practice an active lifestyle may find it easier to maintain a healthy weight, which reduces some strain on your circulatory system.
Whether you have already developed varicose or spider veins, or if you are trying to prevent them from appearing, these steps may offer you some help.