Skip to Content

Join the 'Varicose Veins' group to help and get support from people like you.

Varicose Veins News

Health Tip: Identifying Varicose Veins

Posted 25 Jul 2017 by

-- Varicose veins are unsightly, swollen vessels that typically affect the legs. The Mayo Clinic mentions these warning signs: Blue or dark-purple veins. Veins that twist and bulge, resembling electric cords beneath the skin. Pain or a heavy sensation. Veins that itch or bleed. Swelling, cramped muscles, throbbing or burning in the affected area. Pain that worsens when you stand or sit for an extended period. Warning signs that need immediate medical attention include hardened veins, changes in color, development of open wounds or skin swelling. Read more

Related support groups: Varicose Veins

Health Tip: Ease Varicose Veins

Posted 28 Mar 2017 by

-- Varicose veins are swollen, bulging blood vessels that usually form in the legs. And while you may not be able to prevent them, you may be able to stop them from getting worse. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests: If you must stand or sit for long periods, take frequent breaks. Don't cross your legs when you sit. And when possible, raise your legs above your heart. Get regular exercise, and lose any extra weight. Don't wear tight clothing, especially around the waist and legs. Skip high-heeled shoes when practical. Wear compression stockings if recommended by your doctor. Read more

Related support groups: Varicose Veins

Health Tip: Identifying Varicose Veins

Posted 31 May 2016 by

-- Varicose veins occur when blood pools in the lower leg because vascular valves don't work sufficiently to promote blood flow back to the heart. The Society for Vascular Surgery says varicose veins: May bulge. Could be painful or cause a burning sensation, or a feeling of heaviness or tiredness in the legs. May itch. Could change color, and feel hard or hot. May cause no symptoms. Read more

Related support groups: Varicose Veins

Health Tip: Managing Varicose Veins

Posted 26 Apr 2016 by

-- Varicose veins are swollen, visible veins that pop up in the legs and elsewhere. They are commonly triggered by veins that don't support adequate blood flow, allowing blood to pool. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute suggests: Taking frequent breaks if you'll be standing or sitting for long periods. Don't cross legs when sitting, and elevate your legs when possible. Getting plenty of exercise that boosts muscle tone in your legs, which promotes better circulation. Losing excess weight, and making sure clothing fits comfortably. Don't wear anything that is tight around the waist, legs or groin. Opting for low-heeled shoes. Limit use of high heels. Read more

Related support groups: Varicose Veins, Foot Care

FDA OKs New Varicose Vein Treatment

Posted 20 Feb 2015 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 – A new system to permanently treat varicose veins in the legs by sealing the affected veins with adhesive was approved Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Many people with varicose veins experience no symptoms, while others have mild to moderate pain, blood clots, skin ulcers or other problems. The VenaSeal system is meant for treatment of varicose veins that cause symptoms and is the first treatment to use an adhesive agent to cut off blood supply to affected veins, the FDA said Friday in a news release. In the newly approved treatment, a catheter is inserted through the skin into the affected vein. The adhesive is injected through the catheter and hardens into a solid material. Ultrasound is used to monitor placement of the adhesive, the FDA said. "This new system is the first to permanently treat varicose veins by sealing them with an adhesive, ... Read more

Related support groups: Varicose Veins

FDA Approves VenaSeal Closure System to Permanently Treat Varicose Veins

Posted 20 Feb 2015 by

February 20, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the VenaSeal closure system (VenaSeal system) to permanently treat varicose veins of the legs by sealing the affected superficial veins using an adhesive agent. There are two types of veins—deep veins and superficial veins. Superficial veins are those that are close to the skin. Veins contain one-way valves that open to let blood flow through and then shut to keep blood from flowing backward. When valves of the superficial system are weak or damaged, blood can back up and pool, which can cause varicose veins that are enlarged, swollen or twisted. Varicose veins often cause no symptoms but some patients may experience mild to moderate pain, blood clots, skin ulcers or other problems, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health. If these issues occur, health care ... Read more

Related support groups: Varicose Veins

Varicose Vein Treatments All Work, but Aren't Quite Equal

Posted 24 Sep 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 2014 – Three common treatments for painful varicose veins all ease symptoms, though there may be small differences in quality of life months later. That's the conclusion of a clinical trial that compared the three treatments – surgery, laser ablation therapy and injections of a chemical foam (sclerotherapy). British researchers found that among nearly 800 patients they treated, all of the therapies relieved symptoms such as pain, swelling and itchy skin to a similar degree. Laser therapy was least likely to cause minor complications such as bleeding or bruising during the procedure, the researchers report in the Sept. 25 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Six months later, patients who'd received foam injections were giving slightly lower ratings to their quality of life, versus those who had surgery or laser therapy. But the average difference was ... Read more

Related support groups: Varicose Veins

Health Tip: Could I Develop Varicose Veins?

Posted 1 Jul 2014 by

-- Varicose veins are bulging, sometimes painful veins often found on the legs. Spider veins are smaller and less pronounced. The website explains these common risk factors for varicose and spider veins: Getting older. Having weak veins or having a family history of vein problems. Having hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, puberty, menopause or use of birth control pills. Being pregnant. Living a sedentary lifestyle, or being obese or overweight. Being exposed to the sun and having fair skin. Read more

Related support groups: Varicose Veins

FDA Approves Varithena (Polidocanol Injectable Foam) for the Treatment of Patients with Varicose Veins

Posted 27 Nov 2013 by

LONDON, November 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – BTG plc (LSE: BTG), the specialist healthcare company, today announces that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Varithena(TM) (polidocanol injectable foam) for the treatment of patients with incompetent veins and visible varicosities of the great saphenous vein (GSV) system.(1) Varithena(TM) (formerly known as Varisolve(R) PEM) is a pharmaceutical-grade, low-nitrogen, polidocanol foam dispensed from a proprietary canister device. In two pivotal, placebo-controlled Phase III trials, VANISH-1 and VANISH-2, Varithena(TM) achieved a clinically meaningful improvement in the symptoms of superficial venous incompetence and the appearance of visible varicosities and addressed the underlying venous incompetence in the majority of patients treated. More than 30 million adults in the US aged 18 to 70 have varicose veins, with women ... Read more

Related support groups: Varicose Veins

Health Tip: Help Prevent Varicose Veins

Posted 12 Jun 2013 by

-- Varicose veins are painful, swollen veins that usually affect the legs. While you may not be able to keep them from forming, you can take steps to prevent them from worsening. The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute mentions these prevention tips: Do not stand or sit for long periods without interruption. Don't cross your legs while seated. Elevate your legs when sitting or lying down, keeping them raised above your heart. Get plenty of regular physical activity, strengthening the muscles in your legs. Lose any extra weight to help improve blood flow. Do not wear tight clothes, especially those that are constricting around the waist, groin or thighs. If your doctor says it's a good idea, wear compression hose to help keep blood from pooling. Read more

Related support groups: Varicose Veins

Health Tip: When Varicose Veins Are a Problem

Posted 7 Jan 2013 by

-- Varicose veins are enlarged, bulging veins often found on the thighs, calves or inside the leg that can cause significant pain when standing or walking. They are rarely serious but sometimes warrant evaluation by a doctor. The website lists these signs that varicose veins should be seen by a doctor: When varicose veins are tender to the touch, warm, swollen and red. If a rash or sores appear on the leg in the ankle area. If skin color changes or skin thickens around the ankle or calf. If a varicose vein bleeds. If symptoms affect your ability to do daily tasks. If their appearance bothers you. Read more

Related support groups: Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins Keep Some in Long Pants All Year

Posted 18 Mar 2012 by

SUNDAY, March 18 – Varicose veins are a cosmetic issue for most people, but they can be a sign of a serious medical problem for others, an expert says. "Twenty to 25 percent of Americans have varicose veins, and about 6 percent have more advanced venous disease including skin changes or, occasionally, ulcerations," Dr. Peter Gloviczki, a vascular surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a clinic news release. "Evaluation of varicose veins with ultrasound is an easy and accurate way to assess the need for treatment. New, minimally invasive therapy is available today that is effective and is performed as outpatient treatment," said Gloviczki, who helped develop national guidelines for the treatment of varicose veins for the Society for Vascular Surgery and American Venous Forum. Varicose veins typically appear in the legs, ankles and feet. People more likely to develop ... Read more

Related support groups: Varicose Veins

Surgeons Offer Advice on Avoiding Varicose Veins

Posted 13 Jan 2012 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 13 – An estimated 50 percent to 55 percent of pregnant women in the United States develop varicose veins, according to the Society for Vascular Surgery. "More than just a cosmetic issue, varicose veins can be painful and can lead to more serious health problems," Dr. Eva Rzucidlo, chair of the group's Women's Leadership Committee, said in a society news release. "The first line of management for varicose vein treatment is medical management with compression stockings worn daily," Rzucidlo said. "Another option is sclerotherapy, the sealing off of the veins – mainly done for spider veins," she said. "Radiofrequency and laser treatments are also options which are minimally invasive procedures often performed in a doctor's office. For very large varicose veins, a surgical procedure known as vein stripping is available." Pregnancy can cause varicose veins by putting pressure ... Read more

Related support groups: Varicose Veins

Two Varicose Veins Treatments Equally Effective

Posted 19 Sep 2011 by

MONDAY, Sept. 19 – Although laser treatment and surgery are both effective in treating varicose veins, it appears that recurrence of one form of the problem is more common with the laser treatment, German researchers report. Varicose veins are twisted and enlarged veins that usually occur in the legs. As many as 35 percent of adults suffer complications from varicose veins, usually when the leg's so-called great saphenous vein becomes blocked, affecting blood flow. Standard treatments include removing the vein either with surgery or a laser procedure, which can prevent complications and improve quality of life, researchers say. "Our opinion is that both procedures can be equally offered to the patients with great saphenous vein insufficiency," said lead researcher Dr. Knuth Rass, from Saarland University Hospital in Homburg. However, patients should be informed that there might be a ... Read more

Related support groups: Varicose Veins

FDA Approves Asclera to Treat Small Varicose Veins

Posted 1 Apr 2010 by

ROCKVILLE, Md., March 30, 2010--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Asclera (polidocanol) injection for the treatment of small types of abnormally swollen or twisted veins called varicose veins. Although they usually occur in the legs, varicose veins also can form in other parts of the body. Factors such as genetics, age, female gender, pregnancy, obesity, and prolonged periods of standing may increase the risk for varicose veins. "Varicose veins are a common condition," said Norman Stockbridge, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Division of Cardiovascular and Renal Products at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "Asclera is indicated for the treatment of small types of varicose veins when the aim of treatment is to improve appearance." Asclera is approved to close spider veins (tiny varicose veins less than 1 millimeter in diameter) and reticular veins (those t ... Read more

Related support groups: Varicose Veins

Ask a Question

Further Information

Related Condition Support Groups

Cardiovascular Conditions and Disorders

Related Drug Support Groups

horse chestnut, sodium tetradecyl sulfate, Sotradecol, morrhuate sodium, laureth-9, Scleromate, Venastat, Sclromate, Asclera, Varithena