Ways to minimize Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are not only unsightly, they can be very painful. Varicose veins commonly form in the legs and to one degree or another affect a significant proportion of American adults. Varicose veins are more serious then spider veins and normally vein treatment in Cincinnati, OH is one of a number of surgical procedures. There are ways however to minimize these veins and maybe eliminate the need for surgical intervention.

The big problem with varicose veins is their inability to effectively return blood back to the heart. Anything that can reduce the pressure on the varicose veins to pump blood back up the torso can help in minimizing them, or if it cannot minimize the vein, it can minimize the pain associated with them or the swelling. It is recommended that a first step when faced with varicose veins is to wear compression stockings throughout the day, keep the legs elevated above the heart when sitting, lose weight if overweight is an issue and be less sedentary.

If the condition is not yet unbearable, short term relief can be had with OTC medication such as aspirin or ibuprofen. These drugs are anti-inflammatory; they tend to thin the blood which makes it easier to pump it back to the heart which in turn reduces the pressure, pain and swelling. It can become a problem if too many of these anti-inflammatory drugs are taken so it is important to consult with your doctor.

If neither compression stockings nor OTC anti-inflammatory drugs alleviate the pain then one must consider turning to medical procedures. One common vein treatment in Cincinnati, OH is Sclerotherapy. This treatment includes injecting the target veins with a chemical which makes them shrink. This procedure can often be used alone if the condition is spider veins but when the veins are varicose, this treatment may be compounded with surgery to remove the vein.

The most common surgical procedure to remove a varicose vein is to strip it. In this treatment the leg is cut and the vein is pulled out of the leg. This is an old treatment, still very much in vogue but today there are lasers and radio waves that can be used and often are. Radio and laser treatments are non-invasive and preferred by many patients.

Vein treatment in Cincinnati, OH is commonly done using Sclerotherapy for spider veins and Cooltouch CTEV for more serious varicose veins.