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What can I do to cure Varicose Veins?

I am 19 years old, 5'8'' and 130 lbs. I used to be a ballet & jazz dancer, but now that I'm in college, I hardly exercise and I've gained some weight.

Now I have these horrible looking varicose veins on my legs!

What exercises can help minimize these, and prevent new ones?

What are the best foods to eat, and what kind of things should I stay away from?

Thanks so much for the help. I am scared of looking old, and of the painful effects they can have down the road.

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Anyone had Sclerotherapy done to their varicose veins? How did it go?

Hello, just asking around if Sclerotherapy is an efficient and long lasting - problem-free solution for varicose veins?

Or can you advise anything else?

Thank you!

Dear Loved Andy,
Sclerotherapy, which takes its name from a Greek word meaning "hardening," is a method of treating enlarged veins by injecting an irritating chemical called a sclerosing agent into the vein. The chemical causes the vein to become inflamed, which leads to the formation of fibrous tissue and closing of the lumen, or central channel of the vein.
Sclerotherapy Procedures
In typical outpatient sclerotherapy treatment, the patient changes into a pair of shorts at the doctor's office and lies on an examination table. After cleansing the skin surface with an antiseptic, the doctor injects a sclerosing agent into the veins. This agent is eliminated when the skin is stretched tightly over the area with the other hand. The doctor first injects the larger veins in each area of the leg, then the smaller ones. In most cases, one injection is needed for every inch of spider vein; a typical treatment session will require five to 40 separate injections. No anesthetic is needed for sclerotherapy, although the patient may feel a mild stinging or burning sensation at the injection site.
The liquid sclerosing agents that are used most often to treat spider veins are polidocanol (aethoxysklerol), sodium tetradecyl sulfate, and saline solution at 11.7% concentration. Some practitioners prefer to use saline because it does not cause allergic reactions. The usual practice is to use the lowest concentration of the chemical that is still effective in closing the veins.
A newer type of sclerosing agent is a foam instead of a liquid chemical that is injected into the veins. The foam has several advantages: It makes better contact with the wall of the vein than a liquid sclerosing agent; it allows the use of smaller amounts of chemical; and its movement in the vein can be monitored on an ultrasound screen. Sclerosing foam has been shown to have a high success rate with a lower cost, and causes fewer major complications.
After all the veins in a specific area of the leg have been injected, the doctor covers the area with a cotton ball or pad and compression tape. The patient may be asked to wait in the office for 20–30 minutes after the first treatment session to ensure that there is no hypersensitivity to the sclerosing chemicals. Most sclerotherapy treatment sessions are short, lasting from 15 to 45 minutes.

Aftercare following sclerotherapy includes wearing medical compression stockings that apply either 20–30 mmHg or 30–40 mmHg of pressure for at least seven to 10 days (preferably four to six weeks) after the procedure. Wearing compression stockings minimizes the risk of edema, discoloration, and pain. Fashion support stockings are a less acceptable alternative because they do not apply enough pressure to the legs.
The surgical tape and cotton balls used during the procedure should be left in place for 48 hours after the patient returns home.
Patients are encouraged to walk, ride a bicycle, or participate in other low-impact forms of exercise (examples: yoga and tai chi) to prevent the formation of blood clots in the deep veins of the legs. They should, however, avoid prolonged periods of standing or sitting, and such high-impact activities as jogging.
Conservative Treatments
Patients who are experiencing some discomfort from spider veins may be helped by any or several of the following approaches:
•Exercise. Walking or other forms of exercise that activate the muscles in the lower legs can relieve aching and cramping because these muscles keep the blood moving through the leg veins. One exercise that is often recommended is repeated flexing of the ankle joint. By flexing the ankles five to 10 times every few minutes and walking around for one to two minutes every half hour throughout the day, the patient can prevent the venous congestion that results from sitting or standing in one position for hours at a time.
•Avoiding high-heeled shoes. Shoes with high heels do not allow the ankle to flex fully when the patient is walking. This limitation of the range of motion of the ankle joint makes it more difficult for the leg muscles to contract and force venous blood upwards toward the heart.
•Elevating the legs for 15–30 minutes once or twice a day. This change of position is frequently recommended for reducing edema of the feet and ankles.
•Wearing compression hosiery. Compression benefits the leg veins by reducing inflammation as well as improving venous outflow. Most manufacturers of medical compression stockings now offer some relatively sheer hosiery that is both attractive and that offers support.
•Medications. Drugs that have been used to treat the discomfort associated with spider veins include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and preparations of vitamins C and E. One prescription medication that is sometimes given to treat circulatory problems in the legs and feet is pentoxifylline, which improves blood flow in the smaller capillaries

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how do I get rid of Varicose Veins & stop more from forming?

Varicose Veins. How do i get rid of them and prevent more from forming? I am under 25 and in decent shape. But within say the last 8 mounts they have been starting to see them pop up and can see sines of more on the way. Any good remedy's that may help me? Thanks!

Promote healthy circulation in your legs to get rid of spider and varicose veins. Regular exercise (even just a short walk), loose clothing and low-heeled shoes, changing positions frequently and sitting with your legs uncrossed your legs (long periods of stasis and crossed legs can aggravate circulation problems), and elevating your legs above your heart when resting can all go a long way to improving your circulation and reducing the appearance and presence of spider and varicose veins in your legs.  (+ info)

How can i prevent varicose veins?

i'm afraid of having varicose veins, so as early as now i want to know how to prevent it.

Varicose veins run in families and are more common in women.
Besides heredity, what brings on problems?

Sometimes varicose veins first occur during pregnancy because of hormonal changes and increased pressure in the veins caused by the expanding uterus.

Obesity, menopause, aging, constipation and repeated abdominal strain, as well as heavy lifting, may contribute.

Long periods of standing and sitting with the legs bent and crossed make them worse.

Preventive measures against Varicose Veins:

1.Along with a high fiber diet and regular exercise, the use of cayenne, garlic, onion, ginger, and bromelain are suggested.
constipation is one of the leading causes of varicose veins, although it may initially be hard to see the connection. Constipation may restrict the blood as it returns to the torso through the deep veins in the legs. Straining to have a bowel movement closes off these veins. As the blood backs up it takes another course through superficial veins, thus the blue streaks in the legs. A diet low in fat and high in fiber is best for promoting regularity: reorganize your diet to include plenty of low-fat foods, grains, fresh fruit and vegetables. A diet tending towards vegan/raw-food generally satisfies all these requirements; vegetarians should watch their fat intake.

2.Also, flavonoids are useful in strengthening connective tissue (especially capillaries). They help keep tissues from falling apart.

3.The anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins should be supplemented as they are the strongest acting of the flavonoids. Rutin has only a little collagen-stabilizing effect.

4.Since increasing the integrity of the wall of the vein may also reduce the risk of developing varicose veins, it appears that flavonoid-rich berries, such as hawthorne berries, cherries, blueberries, and blackberries are beneficial in the prevention and treatment of varicose veins. These berries are very rich sources of proanthocyanidins and anthocyanidins.

5. Aerobic exercise- benefit for the circulatory system
6. Stretching exercise, e.g. yoga
7. Low fat diet  (+ info)

Is it okay to wear Knee Socks for Varicose Veins as treatment?


I would Like to ask, cause I have varicose veins, but not really big and obvious.. But I would like it to be treated before it gets worse.

I read don't wear knee socks for these. but I saw others that you can also wear that instead of compressions stockings. So is it okay? HELP.
And it's not really tight with me, the knee socks of mine.

I'm planning on wearing it at night.

Compression bandages will work better. Knee socks wont really make much of a difference. You could also take Diosmin or Hesperidine and keep your legs elevated whenever you can.  (+ info)

Will the contraceptive pill be harmful to me because I have varicose veins?

I am 40 and 4 kids, now have gone back on the (regular) pill after 7 or more years. I'm not interested in coils, but was considering an implant. My varicose veins started aching after going back on the pill. Has anyone else had this problem and does it settle down once my body adapts?

I don't have varicose veins, however I am just over coming a blot clot due to taking the pill. I was told that if I had varicose veins, (like my grandmother), it could have been worse for me. Be carefull.  (+ info)

Is it safe to tattoo over varicose veins?

I want to get a tattoo on my ankle but I have a few small, light varicose veins in that are barely visible.Is it safe to get a tattoo over it? I'm not doing it to cover it up, I've just always wanted a tattoo on my ankle.

Sorry mandi but varicose veins are veins that have come to the surface.

If you want to try this first and then get the Tat... but as is, I wouldn't.

Sclerotherapy. This procedure, which has been available since the 1930s, is another treatment option. This procedure uses a highly concentrated saline (salt) solution or a specially made detergent that is injected directly into the vein, causing the vein to disappear gradually over 3 to 6 weeks. The procedure is simple, relatively inexpensive, and can be performed in an outpatient setting.  (+ info)

What can I do about my varicose veins?

I am 32 years old and I think I am developing varicose veins. My mother has them and it sorta looks like that. I there anything over the counter I can use or do I have to see a doctor?

I believe they can do laser treatments and such, but over the counter there really isn't anything for them.  (+ info)

Will using an eliptical cause varicose veins?

I was running to lose weight, but my mother said that it would cause varicose veins. I have noticed about two of them since the running. Will exercise equipment help me to lose weight without all of the veins appearing?

There's no positive correlation at all with running and /or using the elliptical with superficial varicosties of the lower extremity.  (+ info)

How can you prevent varicose veins?

I have very slight signs of varicose veins. Is there any way you can prevent them or stop them? I am 31 and 9.5 stone if that has anything to do with it.

A reduced sugar intake might perhaps help. See items 33 and 135 in http://www.rheumatic.org/sugar.htm .  (+ info)

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