Vein Problems Treatment and Prevention of Visible Veins

The protruding and unattractive blue lines of varicose veins are a common problem that can lead to more than a cosmetic concern. Some veins can become so enlarged they cause pain and pressure to the point of becoming nearly disabling to the sufferer. Some will swell and twist enough to create skin ulcers that may become dangerously infected if not properly treated. Although the veins are not life-threatening they are a condition that causes enough discomfort and embarrassment that most people choose to eventually have them treated.

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Bad veins cannot be repaired. When a vein has become twisted and swollen the only solution is to destroy or remove the vein. Surgical methods strip the swollen veins from the body and other methods include sealing the vein with a laser or injecting a chemical solution into the vein to cause it to collapse. Most of the procedures do not require a hospital stay, are relatively painless and have a fast recovery time. Of course, the easiest recoveries are for those patients with milder vein problems and who are in good health otherwise.

Most varicose veins treatments appear on the legs, but they are possible anywhere on the body. Both men and women are vulnerable to the problem, but women are more commonly afflicted. Pregnancy causes a lot of pressure to be put on the legs due to the quick weight gain. Due to pregnancy and other hormonal changes women are more susceptible to water retention. High heels, tight clothing and crossing the legs when sitting are other behaviors common to women that are leading risk-factors for developing vein issues. However, men are at risk too if they do not watch their diet, gain an unhealthy amount of weight and sit or stand in one position for long periods of time.

Vein treatment removes bad veins, but it does not prevent other veins from becoming swollen. Every patient undergoing vein surgery should identify their habits that may have contributed to the problem and make changes to prevent future health concerns. Making changes is not a complete guarantee, but it does reduce the risk and could lower the severity of any future problems. It will also aid in the recovery process after treatment so the patient can get back to their normal daily life. Moderate exercise, shoes and clothing that fit properly and a healthy low sodium diet are simple steps that help many people. A primary care physician or the doctor treating the veins can provide all of the information the patient will need to recover and reduce their future risk.