When you seek medical attention for your suspected varicose vein you will have a physical examination, answer questions regarding your symptoms and most likely will have x-rays or ultrasound images taken in order to determine the cause and level of severity of your vein issue.
You may be referred to a specialist (dermatologist, surgeon, or specialist in vein diseases or phlebology).
Mild cases: low salt high fiber diet, exercise, and rest for your legs.
Can be used for mild varicose and also spider veins, which are smaller varicose veins. This treatment involves an injection of a solution that will cause the vein to swell, and then stick together which will cause the flow of blood to cease and the vein to turn into scar tissue. Later the vein should fade.
Multiple treatments may be necessary, as the vein will sometimes reoccur. Usually the treatment has a 50% to 90% success rate. There is no need for anesthesia and usually this is done in the office.
Simple things to do
It is important to elevate your legs so that they are above your heart and to do this 3 times a day for approximately 15 minutes. Wearing elastic support stockings can also help to allow the blood flow form legs to your heart.
Exercising such as walking, dancing or swimming can help maintain good blood flow, which will strengthen the cardiovascular body system. Absolutely avoid crossing your legs when you sit. When you cross your legs you cut off the blood flow to your legs.
Do all you can do to maintain a healthy weight.
Surgical vein stripping – Removal of affected vein through small incisions. Usually an outpatient procedure.
Catheter-assisted surgical procedure where longer veins are removed. In hospital procedure.
Laser surgery makes the vein slowly fade and eventually disappears.
Endoscopic Vein Surgery is used when the patient has leg ulcers. A video camera is inserted so that the doctor can view and visually close the varicose veins.
There are homemade remedies that you can use to help reduce swelling, relieve the soreness, reduce the pain and soothe the night cramps which are all symptoms of varicose veins.
One thing that may help these symptoms is to take a multivitamin that contains vitamins A, B complex and C & E vitamins. You can apply vitamin E oil directly on sores if you have them. This will help the healing process.
Witch Hazel has been used to help reduce the swelling and also to reduce the pain.
There is a tea that you can drink up to 3 times a day that will help to allieviate the pain and help the blood to flow easier in your legs. The tea is made from Cayenne Pepper and water.
There is another tea that is made from Hawthorn Berries, Ginger, Yarrow and Horsechestnut. This tea helps to strengthen the blood vessels and is used to promote better circulation.
There are several juices that can help to strengthen veins; they are cherry, blackberry and blueberry juices. Another juice that can benefit those with varicose veins by preventing blood clots and it tastes great, is pineapple juice.