Home Treatments for Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are defective veins that often appear bulgy and discolored. They are typically treated through minimally invasive procedures such as endovenous thermal ablation or other closure systems. In minor cases, however, varicose veins can sometimes be treated at home.
Keep in mind that at-home treatments are only advisable for people who are not experiencing serious or painful symptoms. These home treatments can relieve minor symptoms, slow down the progress of varicose veins, and prevent complications such as sores or bleeding.
Wear Compression Stockings
Compressions stockings can improve blood circulation and relieve some symptoms of varicose veins. They fit tightest at the foot and gradually loosen as they fit higher up the leg. They most commonly help with swelling and aching. For very mild symptoms, you may want to try support pantyhose or knee-high socks.
Take Care of Yourself
In some cases, taking better care of yourself can relieve your symptoms. Self-care methods include:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Elevating your legs
- Avoiding long periods of sitting or standing
After an Injury
Scratching, bumping, or cutting over superficial varicose veins can sometimes cause minor bruising or bleeding. Small blood clots may also form in the vein. Most of these problems, however, can be safely treated at home.
- If you bump your leg hard enough to cause bruising, elevate it and apply a cold compress as soon as possible for 1-2 hours. This may help minimize bruising.
- Cutting or scratching the skin over the vein may cause abnormal bleeding. If this happens, elevate your leg and apply firm pressure with a clean bandage for 15 minutes. Check the cut every 15 minutes until the bleeding as stopped.
Blood Clots in Superficial Veins
Signs of blood clotting in superficial veins include tenderness and swelling over the vein. The vein may also feel firm. In the case of blood clots, you should visit your doctor and follow their instructions. Blood clots can be very serious and require expert medical advice.
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*Author is not a doctor and does not claim to offer medical advice. Any and all information in the is article should not be treated as such. Please consult your physician for further information.