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Alternative Therapies for Varicose Veins - Treat Varicose Veins

Treatment is usually given to reduce the symptoms and prevent further complications arising due to varicose veins. Most treatment options aim to improve the appearance of the affected leg as not all varicose veins need medical treatment.

One of the most conservative methods to treat varicose veins is to wear tight fitting hose also known as compression stockings. This method is adopted when the veins are symptomatic. Compression stockings are easily available at pharmacies and medical stores and these are available in varied styles including ones that start from below the knee to pantyhose. Doctors usually prescribe the right type of style as well as the correct compression depending upon the type of varicose veins.

Other treatment options include, maintaining skin hygiene, attempting to lose weight if the individual is overweight, regular exercise beginning with walks, refraining from long hours of either sitting around or standing in a particular place, elevating the affected leg while being seated or while sleeping. if the individual is expected to stand for long periods of time, then frequent breaks of sitting down and elevating the feet will be beneficial in reducing the symptoms.

If the above simple treatments or measures do not prove to be useful or if the appearance of the veins continues to bother the individual, then other forms of treatments may be provided. The other forms of treatments depend upon the individual's overall medical condition and the size of the varicose as well as its location.

Effective Varicose Veins Therapy -  Sclerotherapy & Laser for Varicose Veins

Other forms of therapy include sclerotherapy, laser and light therapy, minimally invasive operations and sometimes even surgery.

  • Sclerotherapy involves the use of medicines through injection which is directly entered into the varicose veins. This form of therapy causes the varicose veins to collapse and disappear. In some patients many sclerotherapy injections are needed to attain the desired results. Foam sclerotherapy is a variant of sclerotherapy executed in an ultrasound environment that involves the use of a foaming solution blended with a sclerosing agent. The foaming solution causes the blood to move out of the vein so that the sclerosing agent can have better access to the vein wall.

  • Laser and Light Therapy are done to heat up the blood vessel in order to shrink it. Laser therapy may sometimes need many sessions, spaced at one or two month intervals, in order to effectively treat the vein.

  • High-intensity, pulsed light (photoderm or light therapy) is sometimes used when either sclerotherapy or laser therapy does not treat the vein. In this form of treatment, a spectrum of light is emanated which can be used to selectively shrink a range of abnormal veins.

  • Endovenous thermal ablation is a minimally invasive procedure in which laser or high-frequency radio waves are used to produce extreme heat in the varicose vein. The endovenous thermal ablation heals the problem veins with as little discomfort or bleeding than other procedures.

  • Surgery can be the best form for severe varicose veins or varicose veins with complicated issues.