Varicose Vein At-Home Treatment

treat varicose veins at homeYou may be wondering: How do I treat varicose veins? Is it possible to avoid seeing a specialist? Or do I need surgery?

While some varicose veins require medical treatment, others can be managed effectively at home. For instance, if your symptoms are on the mild side, you might be able to manage them and even reduce their severity. Here are a few tips to help you on the way to home care:

  • Wear compression stockings to assist blood-flow.
  • Exercise regularly. Try swimming, cycling, and walking to increase your muscle tone and stamina without putting a lot of pressure on your tissues.
  • Eat more high-fiber foods like fruits and veggies. Add more foods with higher amounts of flavonoids like apples, cherries, and blueberries to your diet for even greater benefit.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing and avoid tight or high-heeled footwear. The last thing you want to do is cut off your circulation or put strain on your lower legs and feet.
  • Where possible, rest and elevate the legs at the end of the day. Sitting or standing all day is not good for your circulation.

When to Seek Professional Varicose Vein Treatment

After trying all of these, if the symptoms of your varicose veins persist or seem to be getting worse, then it’s probably time to speak to a vein specialist. They can help you evaluate your treatment options. This is especially true if your varicose veins start to interfere with your daily life. On the other hand, if you ignore the problem, you risk more serious issues like blood clots, ulcers, chronic swelling, and skin issues like eczema and discoloration.

Medical treatment of varicose veins is nothing to be afraid of. Most of the time, it can be done non-surgically through a treatment plan customized to your needs.

Is it time for you to see someone to treat your varicose veins? Call Grand Junction Vein Center today at (970) 242-8346 and we will get you taken care of right away.

Human foot with varicose veinsMost people think of varicose veins as only affecting your calves or thighs. But if you have twisted veins in your legs, it’s not hard to realize that you may have them in your feet as well. In fact, this is a relatively common occurrence.

A lot of people suffer from varicose veins in their feet and even in their ankles. That is why is so important to understand what causes varicose veins in the feet and ankles. Knowing how to manage and treat them is also crucial to overall vein health.

Causes of Varicose Veins in the Feet

Varicose veins and spider veins occur in the feet and ankles when there’s a chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Chronic venous insufficiency is a condition in which the veins aren’t able to properly pump blood into and out of an area of the body. In this case, it involves the feet and lower legs.

CVI causes the blood to pool into the veins closer to the surface of the skin. This leads to the bulging and twisted veins that are associated with varicose veins. As it progresses, it can lead to weakened and even damaged vein walls. These symptoms can range from purely aesthetic to more serious conditions.

The problem is, having varicose veins in the feet can directly affect your day to day activities. Any discomfort from these veins can cause painful walking, driving, and even sitting. It and can also lead to discoloration, swelling, pain, and irritation in the skin.

When to Seek Treatment for Varicose Veins in Your Feet

Varicose veins in the feet and even their smaller cousins, spider veins, can be a problem in the long term. That is why you need to keep an eye on your legs and feet for any signs of worsening symptoms. As always, Grand Junction Vein Center is here to assess your varicosities at any stage. We can tell you if you need treatment or if there are other options to manage your condition.

varicose veins symptoms

A varicose vein is a medical condition that causes pain and swelling in the legs. They are usually recognized by the enlarged veins that are easily spotted. Varicose veins usually don’t have any pain or discomfort associated with them and the appearance of them is usually the only symptom. They can be blue or purplish in color and can look like twisted and winding veins that may have bulges in places. Their resemblance to spider legs is why they are sometimes referred to as spider veins. Varicose veins are usually found in the legs but can appear in other parts of the body as well.

If you have leg pain you should check these following symptoms to discover whether or not you are a victim of this medical condition.

1. Enlarged Veins

Enlarged veins are the biggest visual to let you know if you have varicose veins. Most are dark blue and do not heal. Once they appear they stay unless they are treated by a doctor. Our vein care specialists can assist you with the best treatment options available today.

2. Swollen feet and ankles

If your feet and ankles are often swollen this can be another sign of poor working veins. When the veins are swollen they are not able to remove fluids from the areas furthest away from the heart. This is why people will have feet and ankles that appear bloated.

3. Muscle cramps

Muscle cramps are another signal of this ailment. The veins should transport nutrients to and from the various areas in your body. Cramps are a sign that your muscles are not getting the proper nutrients it needs to function. You may get supplements to help but any cramps in your legs without exercise or exertion should be noted as it is a clear symptom of varicose veins.

4. Slow healing of bruises

If you get bruises or wounds that do not heal right away then this is one of the varicose veins symptoms. Bruises are an accumulation of blood that is stagnant underneath the skin layer. Your veins may not be strong and when hit or touched can easily break. If they take a long time to heal this should raise a red flag to concern you.

5. Poor circulation

How well your veins work will affect your circulation. If you get hot or cold easily and need to wear an additional layer of clothing during the winter months, you may be susceptible to poor circulation. The outer body regions are normally the greatest affected by outside temperature changes. If you have cold hands and feet and this can mean that your heart is not pumping adequately or there is a disturbance in your cardiovascular system.

It is especially important to be aware of the varicose veins symptoms becoming a more serious problem. Occasional appearance may be normal, but if this excessively appears, it is always best to consult your physician.

However, many of the top symptoms that relate to this disease can point to bigger health problems. The problems that you have with your veins can all be precursors to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and poor heart health.

Close up of human face skin with vascular problemsWhat spider veins are and how they form

Before explaining this key-question it is very important to mention what spider veins are and how they form. Spider veins are similar to the dreaded varicose veins but are smaller and are located closer to the surface of your skin. They are like roots of trees or spider webs (thus, the name spider veins) that generally appear on your face and legs. They can cover from a very small part to a very large and obvious area of your skin.

So have you ever wondered how do these pesky veins come into being? Your veins have valves that help your blood healthily flow up your legs. Weak valves can cause your blood to go back down and stay stuck in various portions of your legs. Spider veins, as well as varicose veins, are mainly caused by this blood leakage.

Who gets spider veins

Weak valves in the vein may be due to aging; hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause; and, excessive weight gain. Sometimes, you’re also unfortunate to have weak vein valves running in the family. People with jobs that require them to sit or stand for long periods of time could easily find themselves suffering from this vein problem. Fair-skinned people could also suffer from this due to prolonged sun exposure.

These sorts of veins generally not considered to be dangerous. They can cause discomfort and are unsightly, but generally do not lead to any further problems. Varicose veins, however, can be more serious, leading to blood clots, open sores, and infections.

Spider vein prevention

It is popularly said that prevention is better than cure. There are certain things we can do to reduce the risk of spider veins appearing on our bodies. Even though the condition can be hereditary, certain lifestyles can at least slow down the process. Some of the things that can be done to prevent spider veins include:d

  • Regular exercise
  • Healthy diet
  • Adequate hydration
  • Maintain an appropriate blood pressure
  • Wear compression socks
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.
  • A healthy lifestyle can prevent or at least slow down the emergence of these spider veins. If however, they are already on display, it is important to seek professional help.

 

When spider veins can disappear

In some cases, spider veins may be permanent and in some cases, they may disappear on their own after a period of months, especially if they were caused by pregnancy or certain medications.

Spider vein removal

The spider vein removal treatment that’s now highly recommended by well-trained cosmetic doctors is sclerotherapy. In this procedure, the doctor, using a very fine needle, injects liquid into your unwanted veins. The liquid, which is usually saltwater-based or saline solution, should irritate your veins – meaning your veins would swell, seal themselves, and turn into scar tissue. Your unwanted veins should fade a few weeks after the treatment.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a painless procedure and does not require any anesthesia. Most of the sclerotherapy sessions are over in a matter of 30 minutes. It is often considered as an alternative for surface laser treatment, which is also a quick procedure but can be quite painful. In some sclerotherapy cases, a vein may need to be treated a second time after about a month or so. Almost all patients are capable of immediately going back to their daily routine, except for strenuous exercises and activities. Doctors also usually recommend patients to wear heavy support stockings for a couple of weeks after the treatment to make sure the veins heal properly.

Varicose veins on the womans leg,Normal veins near the skin layer swell out,And blood is accumulated to see a bloody blue or dark purpleHave you ever wondered whenever you see blood outside your body that blood is red, but veins are blue?

Let us explain to you the reason behind this, but keep in mind the answer depends on a number of things, including how your eyes perceive color, how light behaves when it contacts your body, and the special properties of blood. Blood that has been oxygenated (mostly flowing through the arteries) is bright red and blood that has lost its oxygen (mostly flowing through the veins) is dark red. Anyone who has donated blood or had their blood drawn by a nurse can attest that deoxygenated blood is dark red and not blue.

 

The Color of Human Blood

Human blood is red because of the protein hemoglobin, which contains a red-colored compound called heme that’s crucial for carrying oxygen through your bloodstream. Heme contains an iron atom that binds to oxygen; it’s this molecule that transports oxygen from your lungs to other parts of the body.

 

Chemicals appear particular colors to our eyes based on the wavelengths of light they reflect. Hemoglobin bound to oxygen absorbs blue-green light, which means that it reflects red-orange light into our eyes, appearing red. That’s why blood turns bright cherry red when oxygen binds to its iron. Without oxygen connected, blood is a darker red color.

Wavelengths of Light

To understand what color our veins appear, we need to think about what happens to different wavelengths of light when they hit our skin, how far they can travel through our skin, and what happens when they get to our veins.

As we know that the light that hits our skin during the day is basically white, this is a mixture of all the visible wavelengths. But to explain why our veins look blue, we will look at just the red and blue ends of the spectrum.

Red light has a long wavelength – and this means it is less likely to be deflected by materials and can more easily travel through. Red light can travel pretty well through the skin and body tissues, reaching up to 5-10mm below the skin, which is where many veins are. When it gets into the veins, the red light is absorbed by the hemoglobin (the protein that makes our blood red). You can demonstrate this to yourself. If you shine a red light on your arm, you will see some red light reflected back and dark lines where the veins are, as the red light is absorbed by the hemoglobin. Thus, the bluish color of veins is only an optical illusion. Blue light does not penetrate as far into the tissue as red light. If the blood vessel is sufficiently deep, your eyes see more blue than red reflected light due to the blood’s partial absorption of red wavelengths.

True-Blue Blooded

But the blue blood does exist elsewhere in the animal world. It’s common in animals such as squid and horseshoe crabs, whose blood relies on a chemical called hemocyanin, which contains a copper atom, to carry the oxygen. Despite exceptions, the majority of blood from animals is red. But that doesn’t mean it’s exactly the same as what courses through our veins.

 

 

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Grand Junction Vein Center

2373 G Road #280
Grand Junction, Colorado. 81505
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Tel: 970-242-VEIN (8346)