Varicose veins are not only unsightly, they can cause pain and discomfort. If left untreated, the vein disease progresses, worsening symptoms. The safest way to rid yourself of varicose veins is by seeking treatment at a practice specializing in vein disease.
There are a variety of vein procedures that are minimally invasive, require little to no downtime, and allow most patients to resume their normal activities the next day. Available procedures include sclerotherapy, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, endovenous laser treatment, and microphlebectomy. Before your vein procedure, you can do a few things at home to temporarily alleviate your discomfort and pain. While they aren’t meant to treat your disease, they can provide some relief.
Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise per day, even if it’s just walking, is necessary for everyone, especially those suffering from vein disease.
Getting Relief At Home
We recommend seeking treatment for your vein disease at the first sign of symptoms. While we don’t advise treating varicose veins yourself, there are some natural ways to reduce discomfort.
Diet and Exercise
A low-sodium diet is essential for your health and benefits veins by reducing water retention and lowering blood volume and blood pressure. Eating foods rich in fiber and antioxidants, as well as eating foods containing flavonoids, can also help alleviate symptoms. Exercise can also alleviate varicose vein symptoms by improving circulation and blood pressure. Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise per day, even if it’s just walking, is necessary for everyone, especially those suffering from vein disease.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is known for its ability to reduce inflammation, among other things. By applying undiluted apple cider vinegar directly to your varicose veins, you can alleviate discomfort and improve circulation.
A 2006 review of clinical data for the publication Advances In Therapy found horse chestnut seed extract can help treat leg pain, heaviness, and itching in patients with chronic venous insufficiency, a common cause of varicose veins. Oral tablets and topical gels that contain horse chestnut seed extract can be purchased online and at some health food stores.
Lymphatic drainage massage uses skin stretching movements to encourage the natural draining of lymph. The technique and deep tissue massage can help move blood through veins. They are great options to temporarily relieve discomfort and pain.
Wearing compression socks helps prevent swelling and keeps blood from pooling in your legs. They can reduce pain and bulging associated with varicose veins.
When you are ready to get to the source of your vein disease, consult a vascular expert.
We advise you use these home remedies under the supervision of your doctor. When you are ready to get to the source of your vein disease, consult a vascular expert.
Varicose veins don’t have to interfere with your life. With a quick ultrasound, the root cause of your symptoms can be identified. Treatment options are minimally invasive and well worth the investment. Most insurance companies, including Medicare will cover the cost of vein procedures.
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