First, any discussion of possible “home treatments for varicose veins” has to start with an important statement – NONE of the tips presented in this article will cure or eliminate your varicose veins. The disease that causes varicose veins (chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI) damages the tiny, one-way valves in your veins that control proper blood flow, and this damage is permanent and non-reversible. Once the venous valves have been damaged by CVI, they can’t be “fixed,” either with prescription drugs or with surgery. Permanent varicose vein treatment can only be achieved by closing the diseased veins with the help of a New Orleans vein specialist using procedures such as sclerotherapy or endovenous laser therapy (EVLT).
HOWEVER, if after a professional examination your Covington varicose vein specialist determines that your varicose veins are not likely to cause you more serious problems in the near future, and you are in no rush to have them removed permanently, there ARE some home treatments that can make living with varicose veins more tolerable, if not actually enjoyable.
7 things you can do at home to help control your varicose vein symptoms
- Keep your weight under control. Every pound you carry around that is over your ideal weight increases pressure on your veins, and thus increases the discomfort you associate with your varicose veins. Ask your doctor to help you with diet and exercise plans that can help you lose weight and keep it off.
- Exercise more. Yes, we know that if your varicose veins are causing you pain that this tip sounds counterintuitive, but it’s important. Varicose veins make your legs swollen and painful, but if you submit to that and stop exercising regularly, those symptoms just get worse. So try to walk briskly (or perform some other gentle aerobic exercise) at least half an hour a day.
- Wear sensible shoes and loose clothing. Avoid high heels that put your body at an odd angle while walking, and thus increase pressure on your veins. Also, avoid “Spanx” and any kind of tight clothing that reduces your circulation.
- Wear compression stockings. Medical-grade stockings can improve the circulation in your legs and thus make a tremendous difference. Work with your doctor to find the proper size and compression to match your condition.
- Sit less. Even if your profession requires you to sit at a desk, try to get up once every hour or so and walk around for a few minutes. This will help to restore circulation to your legs. When you are sitting, don’t cross your legs, because that increases pressure on your veins.
- Put your feet up. Taking a break by elevating your legs and feet several times a day (or actually sleeping with your legs elevated) can reduce the swelling that results from varicose veins and reduce pain.
- Promptly care for any cuts or scratches on your legs. The disease that reduces your circulation enough to cause varicose veins also keeps injuries to the skin of your legs from healing properly. So treat any leg wounds quickly with antiseptics and if they don’t heal, see your doctor before infection sets in.
These tips may help, but the most important is to see your vein doctor regularly
As noted above, these conservative, at-home treatments CAN make living with your varicose veins more comfortable. But they are NOT going to get rid of them. So it’s important to stay in touch with your New Orleans metro area vein specialist to make sure they aren’t getting worse. Remember that Dr. Randall S. Juleff at La Bella Vita Laser and Vein Center is there to help you, and to explain more permanent options when you are ready to consider them.