How Can I Treat Varicose Veins at Home?
Anyone suffering with varicose veins has the same question: What home treatments help heal varicose veins and prevent them from getting worse?
Home treatment is usually suggested for people with varicose veins if serious medical problems aren’t occurring. The benefit of treating varicose veins at home is that it’s very successful for decreasing symptoms and can even slow the progression of the disease. For most people, home treatment is all that they will really need to treat their varicose veins.
Here is what you need to know about treating varicose veins at home …
Home Treatments for Varicose Veins:
You know what they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is especially true for chronic conditions like varicose veins. There are many things you can do to prevent varicose veins from getting worse and, hopefully, prevent new ones too.
- Lower extremity elevation. Keep your legs elevated above or at your heart when sitting or lying down.
- Compression or TED hose. Compression stockings increase your circulation. This is the main treatment for treating varicose veins at home.
- Exercise. Exercise such as riding bicycles, walking, martial arts, and even cross-training can improve your blood circulation of the legs. It also helps to decrease and control your weight.
- Stay active. Try not to stay idle sitting or standing for long times. This doesn’t help with your veins and creates additional stress on your veins.
First Aid for Patients with Varicose Veins
It’s very important that people with varicose veins be extra vigilant about treating leg injuries. Some of these problems can most likely be treated at home. However, always talk to your doctor to find out about the recommended treatment for your condition.
- Avoid cuts when possible with superficial varicose veins, this can cause bruising and bleeding if a cut occurs over a large vein. In surface veins small clots may occur when cut over a surface vein.
- Try to avoid bruising over your leg, but if this occurs apply ice and elevate it to prevent bleeding from under the skin. This should be done for an hour or two.
- A clot in a superficial varicose vein may have swelling and tenderness over the vein. This may make the vein feel solid or firm. Make sure you follow what your doctor tells you for treating varicose veins. Most likely your doctor will tell you to elevate your leg and apply heat with a heating pad or a cloth.
If the area suddenly becomes more painful or you experience shortness of breath or chest pain, call 911 immediately. This could be life threatening and in many cases, is a sign or symptom of an embolism.
Varicose veins home treatment can be safely done at home for the majority of people with some good common-sense guidelines. Follow the varicose vein home treatment plan that your doctor has provided for you and always contact a medical professional, if your varicose veins symptoms worsen.
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