varicose vein pain reliefVaricose veins are like snowflakes. They are as unique to patients as the treatments are to fix them. Often considered a cosmetic issue, varicose veins are a medical condition called venous insufficiency. And they can be quite painful if not treated. Here’s how to ease the discomfort. 
 

What is Venous Insufficiency?

The cause of venous insufficiency is malfunctioning vein valves. They can’t push blood from the legs back up to your heart, causing the blood to pool in the legs.
Venous insufficiency symptoms often include
  • Heaviness in your legs 
  • Pain/cramping
  • Swelling
  • Restless legs
  • Discoloration

How to Relieve Varicose Vein Pain

If you find yourself in pain from your varicose veins, you should seek treatment with a vein specialist. But here are some options to ease the discomfort at home:
1. Elevate Your Legs. For immediate varicose vein pain relief, elevate your legs above your heart. Place your feet against a table, stretch them up a wall, or lie down in bed and rest your legs on three or four pillows. This helps make it easier for the blood to flow toward the heart. Stay with your legs elevated for at least 15 minutes at a time — that should help reduce the swelling and ease the pain.
2. Exercise and Stretch Your Legs. Flex your feet, especially during long trips when your legroom is limited. If you have to sit or stand all day, change position at least every 30 minutes and your bend knees.
3. Hydrate. Proper hydration supports healthy blood circulation. Drink enough water and move around as often as possible.
4. Use Cold Water. Shower your legs with cold water. Cool temperatures cause blood vessels to shrink, which reduces swelling and feelings of heaviness.
If your varicose vein pain symptoms progress, worsen or don’t go away, see a vein specialist. They can offer a treatment plan based on your symptoms. There are several non-invasive procedures to help ease your pain for good.

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vein procedure for varicose veins vein stripping versus ambulatory phlebotomyTechnology and treatment for varicose veins have developed significantly over the years. Before, varicose veins were only treated with a procedure called “vein stripping.” It involved surgically removing the veins from the body. Thankfully, vein treatment these days is less invasive.

An Out of Date Vein Treatment

Yes, vein stripping is considered outdated. More recent technology allows physicians to no longer remove a patient’s vein.
Vein Stripping requires general anesthesia and extensive incisions on the affected area. A large varicose vein is usually removed or tied off in the leg. The procedure requires a long recovery period, about 2-4 weeks. But, your recovery time will vary on how many veins are stripped and where they’re located.
 
Your doctor may recommend varicose vein stripping if you’re experiencing:
  • constant pain, throbbing, and tenderness in the legs
  • skin sores and ulcers
  • blood clots
  • bleeding from the veins

The New, Better Vein Treatment

An Ambulatory Phlebectomy is the removal of bulging leg veins through tiny needle incisions. A phlebectomy is a more recently developed vein procedure and is less invasive. Your doctor will make a smaller incision and remove the varicose vein in several sections.
 
Local anesthesia is used and recovery time is significantly less than vein stripping. Most patients can return to their regular activities within a day. The results are permanent, allowing you to get rid of those painful and unsightly veins for good!

Out with the Old, In with the New

Ambulatory phlebectomy and vein stripping are similar. Both procedures remove severely swollen veins so blood can circulate elsewhere. But the phlebectomy is the new and improved treatment. Nonfunctioning veins can lead to more problems down the road. Try to get treatment from a certified vein center that uses up-to-date treatment for the best results. 

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Raynaud's disease causes
What is Raynaud’s Disease?

Raynaud’s disease is a rare condition that affects the arteries. The disorder involves brief episodes of vasospasm, a narrowing of blood flow to the fingers and toes. Symptoms include a numb sensation in response to cold temperatures or stress.

What Causes Raynaud’s Disease?

In Raynaud’s disease, smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin become narrow. Usually, little or no blood flows to affected body parts.

What are the Symptoms of Raynaud’s Disease?

The skin turns white or blue for a short time. As blood flow returns, the affected areas may turn red and throb, tingle, burn, or feel numb.

What Are the Causes of Raynaud’s Disease?

  • Conditions that damage the arteries or nerves that control the arteries in the hands and feet.
  • Repetitive actions that damage the nerves controlling the arteries in the hands and feet.
  • Injuries to the hands and feet.
  • Exposure to certain chemicals.
  • Medicines that narrow the arteries or affect blood pressure.
  • Mild or brief changes in temperature.
  • Women are more likely than men to have Raynaud’s disease.

Is There Treatment for Raynaud’s Disease?

Most people who have primary Raynaud’s can manage the condition with lifestyle changes. Those who have more severe Raynaud’s may need medicine and lifestyle changes.

Lifestyle Changes: Lifestyle changes can help you avoid things that may trigger a Raynaud’s attack. Examples of such triggers include cold temperatures, emotional stress, workplace or recreational factors, and contact with certain chemicals or medicines.

Protect Yourself From Cold Temperatures: Wear a hat, mittens (rather than gloves), scarf, coat with snug cuffs, and warm socks and shoes during cold weather. Put hand and foot warmers in your gloves, boots, socks, or pockets. Avoid Other Stress Triggers Try to avoid things that make you upset or stressed. Learn ways to handle the stress that you can’t avoid. Physical activity helps some people cope with stress. Other people listen to music or practice yoga.

Avoid Workplace and Recreational Triggers: For example, limit the use of vibrating tools, such as drills. Wear proper protective gear if you work with industrial chemicals. Also, try to limit repetitive hand actions, such as typing or playing the piano.

Medicines that can Trigger Raynaud’s:

  • Migraine headache medicines that contain ergotamine. This substance causes your arteries to narrow.
  • Certain cancer medicines, such as cisplatin and vinblastine.
  • Over-the-counter cold or allergy medicines or diet aids. Some of these medicines can narrow your arteries.
  • Beta-blockers slow your heart rate and lower your blood pressure.
  • Birth control pills can affect blood flow.

Medication for Raynaud’s

If lifestyle changes don’t control Raynaud’s, you may need medicines to improve blood flow. Some include calcium channel blockers, alpha-blockers, and skin creams.

 

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can varicose veins come back after treatment?
There are lots of reasons why you might seek treatment for varicose veins. Often times it’s because you’re self-conscious of their appearance. But others experience painful symptoms like heaviness, itching, burning, swelling, and discoloration.
Luckily, a vein specialist offers a variety of treatments for your vein condition, cosmetic or health-related. But what does it really take to get rid of your veins for good? And can your varicose veins come back?
 

How Varicose Vein Treatment Works

Varicose vein treatments are not a one-size-fits-all process. It usually involves non-invasive procedures like sclerotherapy, micro-phlebectomy, or ablations.
 
Each patient has individual health needs and risk factors. One single treatment method may not be enough to achieve the results you want. There’s even a possibility that your varicose veins may return after treatment.
 

Why Varicose Veins Come Back After Treatment

The likelihood of your varicose veins returning after treatment depends on several factors:
  • What caused your varicose veins to develop in the first place
  • Which method(s) of treatment was performed
  • The underlying factor of your vein disease like obesity or genetics
If your varicose veins do reappear, more treatments may be advised. Regardless of why your varicose veins return, it’s important to get treatment. Don’t you want to avoid pain, discomfort, and other serious health conditions in the future?
 

How to Prevent Varicose Veins from Coming Back

Varicose vein treatments are highly effective, but that doesn’t mean your veins are gone for good. If you experience risk factors like genetics, obesity, or pregnancy, you might develop varicose veins in a new spot after vein treatment. You can help prevent the reoccurrence of varicose veins by:
  • Losing excess weight
  • Exercising daily 
  • Moving around frequently throughout the day
  • Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Avoiding prolonged periods of standing or sitting
  • Managing underlying health conditions
  • Wearing compression socks

can varicose veins come back after treatment?

No treatment ensures you won’t experience the recurrence of new varicose veins. But, you can improve your vein health by scheduling an appointment with a vein specialist to ensure the best possible outcome.

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sclerotherapy versus laser therapy vein treatment
Suffering from unsightly and painful varicose veins or pesky spider veins? Then you may be wondering which treatment to get: sclerotherapy or laser? Everyone has different needs, so one treatment may be more appropriate than the other.

Both treatments are effective with minimal side effects, but they do have advantages and disadvantages alike.

Let’s take a look at both methods for treating spider veins:

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment for spider veins. The doctor injects a chemical, called a sclerosant into a vein, causing it to collapse and dry out. The vein gets reabsorbed by the body and disappears.

Sclerotherapy is best for superficial spider veins on the legs and hands. It’s less expensive, faster, and more effective than laser treatment. Sclerotherapy is also better for people with darker skin. Lasers produce light that can cause discoloration in people with tanned skin.

Laser Treatment

Laser treatment for spider veins is more expensive. and perceived as more painful. But laser treatments are considered the best way to treat spider veins on the face. There are several types of laser treatments: 

IPL: Laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments are non-invasive and chemical-free. It involves directing light at the veins from outside the skin. IPL or surface laser treatments take about 15 to 20 minutes depending on the extent of the area. The most common side effect is a temporary purple skin pigmentation that looks like bruising. There can also be some temporary redness, swelling or blistering.

Surface Laser Therapy: Your doctor can treat small-to-medium varicose veins with a laser through the skin, much like with spider veins. Different kinds of lasers can penetrate the skin and reach the veins. The skin is cooled to avoid burning, but patients still report more pain than sclerotherapy.

Endovenous Laser Therapy: Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) is an effective treatment for larger varicose veins. A laser probe is inserted directly into the vein. As the probe is withdrawn, the intense heat from the laser cauterizes the vein from the inside, causing it to collapse. A single EVLT procedure is more effective than sclerotherapy, which requires multiple sessions.

sclerotherapy versus laser therapy vein treatment

The Choice is Up to You and Your Vein Doctor

Many patients have both types of vein problems and both types of treatment may be recommended.

The choice of treatment often depends on the location of the veins. Sclerotherapy is better for treating larger varicose veins, especially those on the legs, while laser therapy suits thinner veins on other parts of the body. Sometimes it may need a combination approach to get the best results.

Be sure to talk to your vein doctor to choose the treatment that is most effective and most comfortable for you. The best method for you may be different from that of someone else with the same vein problems. That’s why it’s important to choose an experienced vein specialist for medical advice. He or she can take into account your condition and your unique individual needs.

 

 

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bulging veins on hands
Our blood moves throughout the body via blood vessels. Sometimes they’ll appear as bulging or popping veins in the hands and feet. These swollen veins can look weird and show off our age. The good news is most bulging veins aren’t really a sign of poor health. But there are instances where they may arise from a serious vascular disease. Either way, we’ll go over what you need to know about bulging veins.

What Causes Bulging Veins in the Hands and Feet?

Aging: As we age, our skin gets thinner and less elastic, making our blood vessels more visible. Your vein valves weaken, which can cause blood to pool in your veins for a longer period of time. This enlarges the vein. It’s all a normal process of getting older.

Genetics: Having family members with bulging veins increases your chances of getting them.

Hot Weather: Heat can make veins more prominent and enlarged. Hot temperatures also make it harder for veins to function properly. They’ll work harder and become more visible.

Hormone Imbalance: Pregnancy or menopause can lead to a hormone imbalance. One of the symptoms is bulging veins. Pregnancy may also put pressure on veins, making it harder for blood flow to get back to the heart.

Exercise: Bulging veins is common in those who do a lot of strength training exercises. Heavy lifting for long periods of time makes the blood flow increase. The muscles harden, causing more visible blood vessels. Over-stretching also plays a major role in making veins pop out.

Thrombophlebitis: Blood clots in the vein can cause it to bulge. These blood clots often form in the leg and can break off. They’ll flow to the lung and cause a condition called pulmonary embolism.

Body Fat Loss: Our skin has a layer of fat that serves as an insulator. When you lose weight, that layer thins and leads and makes veins more visible.

Health Conditions: Underlying heart problems can cause a chronic increase in blood pressure. This weakens the veins and can cause popping.

How to Fix Bulging Veins

Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs can help decrease the swelling of bulging veins. Eating healthy foods with high water content can also help ease vein pressure. There are also procedures that can help remove veins that pop out.

Sclerotherapy injects a chemical solution into targeted veins and makes them close.

Ambulatory phlebectomy is the removal of the targeted veins via small incisions. Vein stripping and ligation close the vein that supplies blood to the targeted vein. While you’re under general anesthesia, your doctor will make an incision, tie off the vein, and remove it. The blood that used to run in the vein is automatically shifted. The closed vein eventually fades away.

Cosmetic or Medical, Bulging Veins Can be Fixed

Bulging hand and feet veins aren’t a serious medical issue for the majority of people. But if you’re concerned that your popping veins are something serious — or you don’t like the way they look — make an appointment with a vein doctor.

If there’s a serious problem, they can recommend treatment. If you want them removed for cosmetic purposes, your doctor will have a suggestion on the best procedure for you. In the unlikely event, your bulging hand and feet veins are a sign of a more serious condition, your doctor will offer specific medical treatment.

 

 

Delaware State riding a bicycle to healthier veinsAt Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients. 

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