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Is it possible to have varicose veins on your vulva that open or burst?

I have varicose veins on my vulva but it also looks like something has burst or opened up, and is slightly painful. I was wondering if that was possible. I've been tested for everything at the beginning of my pregnancy, so it can't be anything like that, was just wondering if anyone had any advice?

This is a good question for healthboards.com if you don't get a good answer here.  (+ info)

How can I make my varicose veins less visible?

I'm only 15, and I have varicose veins all over my body. Sometimes the veins on the backs of my hands even stick out. Is there something wrong with me, and is there a way to fix this?
OK, maybe I am a little confused. My problem is that I have visible (blue, not red or pink) veins on the inside of my arms, across my chest, and down the backs of my legs. Only the veins on my hands and feet stick out. Some additional info: weight: 105 lbs, height: 5'4", I get very little excercise...

Do you really have varicose veins? The veins on everyones hands and feet will stick out at times. Some people who have a low percentage of body fat and high percentage of muscle even have veins in their legs and arms stick out. That doesn't make them varicose veins. Varicose veins are large and painful. If you truly have varicose veins there is surgery. Sounds to me like you might be confused though.  (+ info)

Has anyone had a positive experience with varicose / spider veins going away after pregnancy?

I am about a week away from my due date and the spider veins and varicose veins that have appeared during my pregnancy are really unsightly!! One doctor told me that sometimes they go away after you have the baby but another told me that they never go away! Has anyone had them just disappear?

The reason why pregnancy makes a woman more prone to this engorgement of blood vessels is that the weight of the baby and uterus presses on the vena cava, the main drainage blood vessel bringing blood back to the heart from the lower body. This tends to impede the flow, and gravity dependent areas back up and engorge the most. Since the vena cava is slightly to the right of the midline, laying on your left side may help.

Chances are they won't go away, because they were always there, but hopefully they'll shrink back down to their pre-pregnancy size and become unnoticeable. In the meantime, try elevating your legs during bed rest helps and/or asking your mate to massage your legs to help get the blood moving (the engorgement of blood within the veins can be kept pressed out by applying pressure). There are also girdles and hose specifically designed to keep these types of things under control, which you can find at maternity and medical supply stores. They're not great, but they should help.

Sorry you're going through this. I hope this info helps & congrats on your baby!  (+ info)

Is it a good idea for someone with varicose veins to walk a lot?

I've had varicose veins for some time now. I've recently started going on long walks for exercise. The past few days, my veins have made my left leg feel very heavy and tingly. It's never done that before. Should I stop going on the long walks? I'd hate to give it up.
Just a little bit more info: I'm still young (30), not very physically active except for the walking, I'm 6' tall (I hide my weight well) and I've lost about 50 pounds this year. I have another 50-60 to go before I'm really skinny. *lol*

Varicose veins are hereditary. I got mine from my mom's side of the family (they're all skinny).

It's healthy. As a matter of fact, I'd suggest you upgrade to running. A good diet change with fruits and vegetables helps also.  (+ info)

How could I eliminate varicose veins from my hands?

My hands now is full of varicose veins, I don't like it?

There are several treatment options available. One simple self-care technique that has been proven to help is to wear compression stockings. These stockings should be worn all day long. They steadily squeeze your muscles to help them more efficiently circulate blood.

More severe cases might require medical intervention and here are some:

a) Operation - Varicose Veins
Surgery is usually performed under general anaesthesia, a spinal anaesthetic is an alternative. The varicose vein operation involves tying off the source of any veins in which the valves have failed through incisions 3-4cm in length.

b) The VNUS Closure Procedure
The VNUS Closure procedure, an alternative treatment option to traditional vein stripping surgery, brings state of the art technology to an age old disease. The Closure procedure is an outpatient (day surgery) treatment. A thin catheter is inserted into the vein through a small opening, using only a single needle stick.The catheter delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse, and seal shut.

c) Laser Treatments
Treatments are quick, minimally invasive procedures that offer an effective alternative to the surgical stripping of veins. They are performed under local anaesthetic and are highly effective with over 97% of first-time treatments being successful. Local anaesthetic is administered.

Or log on to this:
http://www.theveinclinic.com.sg/eng/treatment.html  (+ info)

What r the means 2 cure bleeding varicose veins when one is suffering from the same on two legs?

He is having varices on both the legs due to varicose veins which bleed frequently with unmindful scratching still wants to stand long and walk.

1. Sclerotherapy. In this procedure, your doctor injects small- and medium-sized varicose veins with a solution that scars and closes those veins. In a few weeks, treated varicose veins should fade. Although the same vein may need to be injected more than once, sclerotherapy is effective if done correctly. Sclerotherapy doesn't require anesthesia and can be done in your doctor's office.
2. Laser surgeries. Doctors are using new technology in laser treatments to close off smaller varicose veins and spider veins. Laser surgery works by sending strong bursts of light onto the vein, which makes the vein slowly fade and disappear. No incisions or needles are used.
3. Catheter-assisted procedures. In one of these treatments, your doctor inserts a thin tube (catheter) into an enlarged vein and heats the tip of the catheter. As the catheter is pulled out, the heat destroys the vein by causing it to collapse and seal shut. This procedure is usually done for larger varicose veins.
4. Vein stripping. This procedure involves removing a long vein through small incisions. This is an outpatient procedure for most people. Removing the vein won't affect circulation in your leg because veins deeper in the leg take care of the larger volumes of blood.  (+ info)

What can I do about varicose and spider veins?

I'm 27 weeks pregnant and in the last month or so, my veins have been coming out really bad. I have varicose veins popping out all over my legs and spider veins like krazy everywhere, especially my legs. Is there anything I can do while I'm still pregnant to reduce these veins? They're itchy as well.

Talk to your doctor about them, but the only treatment i'm aware of is laser surgery and you probably wouldn't be able to have that done until you are through with the pregnancy.  (+ info)

Are varicose veins a health concern or just a cosmetic issue?

If someone has varicose veins that pop out from behind their right leg is that a sign for concern or it doesn't really mean anything?
I'm in my 30s and they're starting to hurt and pop out more.

See your health care provider as soon as possible (vascular surgeon).
Fortunately most swelling is due to local causes. Often, breakdowns in the veins over time have made it difficult for blood to be returned to the heart fast enough. This increases pressure in the smallest blood vessels (capillaries) and causes fluid to leak out into the tissues, which causes the leg swelling. This is what happens in "varicose veins," but the problem can happen with larger, deeper veins as well as with capillaries.

Today, the radiofrequency ablation (RFA) procedure is an alternative method in the treatment of varicose veins.
RFA is done as an outpatient procedure. The procedure is done under ultrasound visualization. At the clinic you will be asked to lie down on a bed. You will be asked to change into a hospital gown and your leg will be exposed up to the groin. The leg will then be cleaned with an antibiotic solution and you will be appropriately covered with sterile towels. A small amount of local anesthetic will be injected in the thigh areas just above the knee. Using Ultrasound the vein will be identified and a small tube (catheter) will gently be inserted. The catheter is guided all the way up to the groin area under ultrasound visualization. When the catheter is in the correct place, the RFA is started. Energy is generated through the catheter and the catheter is slowly pulled out. As the catheter is withdrawn, it heats up the vein causing it to collapse. It is highly recommended that you resumed your normal activities the next day. This procedure is covered by insurance, if no, insurance than is about 200 to 500 dollars. that's cheap. I hope this helps you. And best of luck.  (+ info)

Do you have any remedies to fade away those bulging varicose veins on legs?

I am only 36 yrs old but I have a lot of varicose veins on right side of my leg. What are the other remedies aside from laser surgery?

diosmin tab and rest  (+ info)

what is the best solution for my varicose veins?

I had a perfect pair of legs when I was single but now that I have 2 kids, my varicose veins start showing up. What should I do? I am working in the office for 8 hours long.

The only cure for these is surgery either by laser or vein stripping. While these veins can cause pain many insurance companies will not pay for treatment because they consider it to be unnecessary & cosmetic. I beg to differ since mine have caused me many sleepless nights! Things you can do to help prevent worsening of the condition are watching your weight, exercising, drinking plenty of water, don't smoke, and not sitting or standing too long at a time. I work in an office too and make sure that I get up and walk around every hour. If your veins are causing you alot of pain wear flats or pumps to work and never high heels (nothing over 1.5" heel). Wearing tights or support hose also helps give the veins extra support. Hope this helps.  (+ info)

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