How to Take Care of Your Varicose Veins at Home

How to Take Care of Your Varicose Veins at Home

Varicose veins are a common condition that has a number of risk factors and treatments. Surgery used to be the only treatment for varicose veins, but years of new research, products, and procedures can make your life with varicose veins easier.

Not all cases of varicose veins are severe enough to require in-office treatment. You may also be able to treat your varicose veins at home, as part of your daily routine.

The vein experts at Vascular Associates of San Diego in La Mesa, California are experts in the treatment of varicose veins, and other vein conditions. While varicose veins are not necessarily painful, and rarely cause serious problems, treating them at home will help with any symptoms you may be experiencing, as well as helping your affected areas to heal. 

What are varicose veins? 

Varicose veins are an issue that primarily affects senior women, though senior men may experience varicose veins as well. The blood in our veins rides in one direction from the heart, and back. Helping the blood move through your veins are valves that push fluid through your body. These valves, however, can weaken as we age, and in some cases, begin to malfunction. 

When a valve in your vein fails, blood begins to pool within the vein in which it is trapped, causing the vein to twist up to the surface of your skin. These twisted, discolored veins are the varicose veins that typically appear on the legs and feet, though they can appear on the face, neck, hands and arms. On the neck and arms, your veins are much smaller, creating the familiar spider veins that appear in small bursts on your skin. 

While senior women are the population most likely to develop varicose veins, the possibility raises substantially for those with a family history of varicose veins. Pregnant women may develop varicose veins, as well as any woman experiencing an influx of hormones. Sitting and standing for extended periods of time will also raise your risk of developing varicose veins. 

Varicose veins don’t always produce symptoms, other than an unsightly appearance, but the symptoms that do appear can cause discomfort. Commonly reported symptoms include swelling and heaviness in the legs, along with burning and itching at the sites of varicose veins. Occasionally, varicose veins can be a symptom of deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, which can cause vascular problems.  

While there is no “cure” for varicose veins, they can be effectively treated with a plan that includes self-care under the supervision of your provider at Vascular Associates of San Diego.  

How can I treat varicose veins at home?

Treating your varicose veins at home doesn’t have to be a challenge. Little adjustments to your daily life can not only help you treat your varicose veins, but reduce any symptoms that you may have. 

Start with a balanced diet and exercise. A healthy diet includes lean protein, whole grains, and plenty of green and colorful vegetables. If you’re not sure where to start with a healthier diet, your provider can give you guidance and resources to help you along. Regular exercise is great for circulation all over the body, and helps to lower blood pressure. 

Try low-impact exercises like yoga and swimming. For those who prefer to kick up a little dust, cycling, walking, and running will go miles to treat your varicose veins. When you’re not in motion, wearing compression stockings and keeping your feet elevated when sitting are vital ways to help your varicose veins. 

It may surprise you to know that your clothing choices can make a difference in your healing. Choosing loose, non-restrictive clothing and comfortable, supportive shoes are essential to treating varicose veins. 

Are there any other treatment options for varicose veins?

If your varicose veins don’t respond to more conservative treatment, there are other treatments. Surgery is a last resort for relief from varicose veins. Fortunately, evolving technology has created a number of in-office outpatient procedures that can give you the relief you’ve been looking for.  

If your varicose veins are causing problems in your daily life, call or schedule an appointment with us today.

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