01.22.24 CVL Varicose Veins

Skip the Snip: How to Remove Varicose Veins Without Surgery

Varicose veins aren’t always unhealthy or dangerous, but we’ve yet to find a patient who would prefer to have them. However, if you prefer a DIY path to decrease the size of varicosities and help related discomfort, here are a few tricks to try. It’s good to keep in mind though that varicose veins typically worsen over time and occasionally they can lead to blood clots, bleeding, or skin wounds. If you notice advancement or changes with your varicose veins, call us! We’re happy to help and want you to be safe.

1. Up your exercise. Adding low-impact activities into your daily routine that engage your calves, like walking, water exercises, or bike rides, will improve circulation in the legs and can help reduce varicose vein discomfort.

2. Adjust your diet. It doesn’t take a doctor to tell you that eating healthy yields positive results for your entire body, but if you’re experiencing varicose veins in your legs, one of the first items to address may be your weight. Maintaining a healthy weight will not eliminate or prevent varicose veins (your varicosities are likely in your DNA, thanks mom!), but a healthy weight can slow down progression, reduce symptoms, and decrease the chance of potential complications.

3. Elevate your legs. Varicose veins are caused by venous reflux. Venous reflux occurs when the valves within a vein no longer function, so their job of assisting return circulation (up the leg) is compromised. One of the simplest, most helpful things you can do is spend time with your legs propped up. Make it a habit when watching TV or reading. Even better, elevating your legs above the heart once a day for 20 minutes will ease symptoms and swelling.

4. Wear graduated compression stockings. These snug garments are specifically designed to improve circulation. Compression helps prevent venous pooling and/or swelling. They are particularly helpful if you’re on your feet or sitting at a desk for hours on end. Compression hose have a bad rap for being ugly or uncomfortable, but today’s compression socks are soft, stretchy, and come in fun colors and designs. They are not your grandma’s hose! You can find a large selection at athletic footwear stores or on Amazon.

5. Consider adding Diosmin or horse chestnut extract to your daily routine. Diosmin is manufactured from citrus fruit peels which contain plant-based anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, giving users relief from hemorrhoid or varicose vein discomfort. Brands such as Venotone, Vein Formula, and Diosmin/Hesperidin can be found at Amazon and most pharmacies. Horse chestnut is an anti-inflammatory herb that is particularly effective with swollen veins, thereby improving circulation. *Before taking a new medication or dietary supplement, it is important to check with your primary care physician first. These supplements are contraindicated when combined with certain medical conditions and medications.

Whether your goal is treatment and elimination of varicose veins, cosmetic treatment of spider veins…or DIY management of any veins, we’re here to help. The most important thing is your health and well-being. If your varicose veins cause pain, bleed, or are inflamed, make an appointment by calling us at 866-695-8346. We will be happy to help.

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