Any suggestions/medication for varicose veins? I have varicose veins behind my right knee which is very painful right from the hip down to the ankle, which gets swollen by the end of the day, would appreciate suggestions or medications, please, thanks.
FIRST YOU MUST CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR, FOR ONLY HE/SHE WILL KNOW WHAT IS THE RIGHT TREATMENT FOR YOU.
Fortunately, treatment usually doesn't mean a hospital stay or a long, uncomfortable recovery. Thanks to less invasive procedures, varicose veins can generally be treated on an outpatient basis.
Self-care — such as exercising, losing weight, not wearing tight clothes, elevating your legs, and avoiding long periods of standing or sitting — can ease pain and prevent varicose veins from getting worse. Compression stockings also may help.
Wearing compression stockings is often the first approach to try before moving on to other treatments. Compression stockings are worn all day. They steadily squeeze your legs, helping veins and leg muscles move blood more efficiently. The amount of compression varies by type and brand.
Stockings come in a variety of strengths, styles and colors. With the variety offered, you're likely to find a stocking that you're comfortable wearing.
You can buy compression stockings at most pharmacies and medical supply stores. Prices vary. Prescription-strength stockings also are available.
When purchasing compression stockings, make sure that they fit properly. Using a tape measure, you or your pharmacist can measure your legs to ensure you get the right size and fit according to the size chart found on the stocking package. Compression stockings should be strong, but not necessarily tight. If you have weak hands or arthritis, getting these stockings on may be difficult. There are devices to make putting them on easier.
If you don't respond to self-care, compression stockings, or if your condition is more severe, your doctor may suggest one of these varicose vein treatments:
Sclerotherapy. In this procedure, your doctor injects small- and medium-sized varicose veins with a solution that scars and closes those veins. In a few weeks, treated varicose veins should fade. Although the same vein may need to be injected more than once, sclerotherapy is effective if done correctly. Sclerotherapy doesn't require anesthesia and can be done in your doctor's office.
Laser surgeries. Doctors are using new technology in laser treatments to close off smaller varicose veins and spider veins. Laser surgery works by sending strong bursts of light onto the vein, which makes the vein slowly fade and disappear. No incisions or needles are used.
Catheter-assisted procedures. In one of these treatments, your doctor inserts a thin tube (catheter) into an enlarged vein and heats the tip of the catheter. As the catheter is pulled out, the heat destroys the vein by causing it to collapse and seal shut. This procedure is usually done for larger varicose veins.
Vein stripping. This procedure involves removing a long vein through small incisions. This is an outpatient procedure for most people. Removing the vein won't affect circulation in your leg because veins deeper in the leg take care of the larger volumes of blood.
Ambulatory phlebectomy . Your doctor removes smaller varicose veins through a series of tiny skin punctures. Only the parts of your leg that are being pricked are numbed in this outpatient procedure. Scarring is generally minimal.
Endoscopic vein surgery. You might need this operation only in an advanced case involving leg ulcers. Your surgeon uses a thin video camera inserted in your leg to visualize and close varicose veins, and then removes the veins through small incisions. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.
Varicose veins that develop during pregnancy generally improve without medical treatment within three months after delivery.
Good luck my friend... from a caring individual
Hello, Rajive Goel ;I also think you should see a doctor about your varicose veins.I too have V veins & if I were to take any actions it would be to see a doctor;I have also heard about medicical processgers that would help your situtation;Again please seek porfessional help if situtation stays the same or becomes worse.I wear suport hose for my varicose veins,and elevation of my legs seems to help too;god bless you and be with you.
Hi Rajive... I have a few varicose veins but they don't bother me. I really don't know of medication to help them, usually the small ones are removed at a doctors office, I think a dermatologist... however being you say your leg is swollen by the end of the day, that doesn't sound like a varicose vein problem but more like you are holding water in that leg problem. Be careful of your salt intake, and elevate that leg when you can and see how it goes. Also why don't you ask your doctor if the varicose veins are causing the leg to swell or is it that you are retaining water. I know my legs swell when I am holding water and I have to take a water pill plus a potassium pill and then they go down. Hope this helps... Theresa
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