Home Remedies for Varicose Veins

Can You Cure Varicose Veins?

There are several conservative therapy and management of vein insufficiency options to help with the symptoms associated with varicose veins. None of these methods will prevent or fix the underlying problem. There is no cure for varicose veins or venous insufficiency, once a vein is abnormal (fails to return blood to the heart in a timely fashion) it will always be abnormal. Fortunately, a vein specialist can do a full vein exam and painless duplex ultrasound to find out which veins are insufficient and to recommend treatment options to alleviate health risks and varicose vein pain.

Varicose Veins Home Treatment

• Compression stockings will help minimize symptoms particularly for those who spend a lot of time standing. All patients diagnosed with vein insufficiency are required to wear at least 20-30mmHg compression stockings for a minimum of 90 days prior to insurances approving any type of intervention. Compression stockings are strongly recommended for patients with venous disease who travel, either on a flight or drive over 3 hours. This helps to minimize the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or a blood clot as a result of the underlying vein disease and lack of mobility.

• We know that when blood stops moving, it clots, so if you are sitting for a long time in one place, your risk of the blood pooling (venous reflux) and ceasing to flow increases significantly. This brings us to the second important conservative vein therapy – movement. Within your own parameters, be as active as possible, all day long. Take breaks from your desk job, go for a brief walk, or do leg exercises at your desk. This improves circulation, thereby minimizing the symptoms associated with vein problems. Elevating your legs whenever possible will help to decrease swelling in legs, leg fatigue, itching legs, etc.

• Finally, as with all other chronic health conditions, a sensible diet helps in a myriad of ways. Most importantly, stay well hydrated. Heat will affect varicose veins, especially in the summer in Arizona. Consuming at least 64 ounces of water a day, better yet a gallon of water a day, prevents dehydration and improves blood flow. In patients who are dehydrated, blood flow becomes sluggish, and we know slow blood flow increases the risk of clots.

Oftentimes, these simple and conservative vein therapies will be helpful. For people with continuing and more aggressive symptoms, a visit to a vein specialist for a full exam and duplex ultrasound is the best solution for finding relief from varicose vein pain and vein treatments to reduce overall health risk!

 

I have spider veins that hurt!

By Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC | May 9, 2019 | Comments Off on I have spider veins that hurt!

Question: I have spider veins on my legs and they really hurt to the touch. Can that be dangerous to my health? Answer: In the large picture, pain associated with spider veins is not life threatening.  It would be worthwhile to have an evaluation by a qualified provider to see if these spider veins are…

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I have had a blood clot before and I am worried.

By Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC | Apr 25, 2019 | Comments Off on I have had a blood clot before and I am worried.
blood clot

I am scheduled for a right leg radiofrequency ablation. I have venous insufficiency in the saphenous vein and have had a blood clot before. Question: In 2006, I underwent an artificial lumbar disk implant. This failed causing artificial disk to move into the spine. While surgeon removed the artificial disk implant, he nicked the liac…

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Sclerotherapy before endovenous laser vein treatment?

By Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC | Apr 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Sclerotherapy before endovenous laser vein treatment?

My doctor said my vein is too large to have sclerotherapy performed first, is this true? Question: I have a few visible spider veins on my lower leg that I want treated with foam sclerotherapy. However, the doctor wants me to do endovenous laser treatment before the sclerotherapy. According to him, my vein is way…

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Same pain, new location

By Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC | Mar 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Same pain, new location
leg pain at night

I’m having the same pain that I had before my ablation procedure, except it is in a different new location. How long will this go on? Question:  It’s been 2 months since my GSV endovenous laser ablation procedure. I have the same pain that I had before the procedure, except it’s in a new location.…

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Circular wound with redness

By Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC | Mar 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Circular wound with redness

I recently had the VNUS procedure done (both legs, multiple veins).  Is it normal to have open, circular wound with redness and slight weepiness? Question: All of the other areas are healing nicely, but the area on my shin (a bit off center) has a much larger wound. It has been quite red in the…

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Compression socks make my legs hurt more, is this normal?

By Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE | Mar 2, 2019 | Comments Off on Compression socks make my legs hurt more, is this normal?

Question: How big of a size do compression stockings come in?  Answer:  Compression socks should be comfortable and supportive. If the stockings are making your symptoms worse, it is likely that they do not fit you correctly.  There are numerous companies that make standard sized compression stockings. Some make 7 to 8 different sizes.  Additionally,…

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Get rid of my varicose veins

By Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE | Feb 12, 2019 | Comments Off on Get rid of my varicose veins
get rid of my veins

Question: WHAT CAN I DO TO GET RID OF MY VARICOSE VEINS? Answer: There are numerous options to treat varicose veins. Some are considered medically necessary, while others are strictly cosmetic. Larger veins are treated in a myriad of ways depending on the provider you consult with and their proficiency in a given intervention. The…

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I injured my varicose vein over my knee, what should I do?

By Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC | Feb 12, 2019 | Comments Off on I injured my varicose vein over my knee, what should I do?
injured varicose vein

Question: I knelt down the other day and injured the large varicose vein over my knee. It bruised quickly and felt very sore, so I put a pressure bandage on it. Since then, the vein bruise has spread and is now about 12″ up my thigh. It is very red, and I’m not sure what…

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What Treatment Options Are Available For My CVI?

By Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC | Jan 15, 2019 | Comments Off on What Treatment Options Are Available For My CVI?
Compression Socks

Question: What treatment options are available for my CVI? I can’t sit or stand in one place and I have heavy, aching legs all of the time. I started to have achy, heavy leg feelings about a month after I sprained my right ankle and scratched my left knee last April. I was diagnosed with…

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Q&A: During my EVLT, I could smell and taste a slight “burning” odor plus I was dizzy during my procedure. Is that normal?

By Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC | Jan 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Q&A: During my EVLT, I could smell and taste a slight “burning” odor plus I was dizzy during my procedure. Is that normal?

Question: During the EVLT laser procedure I really didn’t feel well, especially when the laser was on. I felt dizzy and the smell of “burning” freaked me out. Even after I was done, it took me couple hours to feel normal again. Is that normal? Answer: The “odor” and sometimes a taste is normal during…

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About Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE

Jason is the Practice Administrator and CEO of Advanced Vein Institute of Arizona. Mr. Babcock brings over 25 years of healthcare administration experience to the organization with a strong background in finance, business development, operational improvement and customer service to AVIA.