The feeling of cramping or aching in your legs and the raised and swollen veins in your skin are just some of the symptoms of varicose veins. When you see any of these symptoms, be sure to ask your doctor about varicose vein treatment. If not treated properly, this condition can worsen and lead to ulcer, blood clots, and sometimes even varicose eczema. Here are other signs that you need varicose vein treatment:
- When the varicose veins start to bleed
- When the veins have become swollen, red, or tender and warm to touch
- When there are sores or rashes on your leg, near the ankle
- When the skin on the ankle and calf changes color and becomes thick
- When your leg symptoms are already affecting your daily activities
- When you feel conscious about the appearance of the veins
How to diagnose varicose veins?
Your physician may diagnose you with varicose veins based on your physical exam. He or she will look at your legs while you’re standing or sitting. The doctor will also ask if you feel about symptoms, such as any pain you’re having. There are instances when you have to take other tests to see the extent of the problem as well as to rule out other disorders. You may be advised to undergo an ultrasound, which is used to see the veins’ structure. The doctor may also check the blood flow in your veins to look for blood clots.
A venogram can be even be used to get a more detailed look at blood flow through your veins.
If you seek help for your varicose veins, here are some of the procedures that you may be advised to take:
Sclerotherapy – this treatment closes off a varicose vein by using a liquid chemical. After injecting the chemical, it will cause irritation as well as scarring inside the vein. It will eventually cause the varicose vein to close off, and then fade away. Sclerotherapy is also applicable for cases involving smaller varicose veins. The treatment can be done while you’re sitting or standing. However, several treatments may still be needed to completely close off veins.
Laser Surgery – this procedure involves the application of the light energy from a laser into the varicose veins. It can make your swollen veins fade away and remove smaller varicose veins. Moreover, laser Surgery doesn’t involve any injection of chemicals or cutting.
Endovenous Ablation Therapy – Endovenous Ablation Therapy uses lasers or radio waves to close off varicose veins. Your physician will make a small cut near your varicose vein and then he or she will insert a small tube called a catheter into the veins. The catheter’s tip will then heat up the inside of the vein to close it off. During the procedure, you’ll be awake during but the doctor will numb the area around the vein.
Vein Stripping and Ligation – this procedure is done to those patients who have severe cases of varicose veins. Through small cuts in your skin, you doctor will tie shut and remove the veins. You’ll be prescribed with medicine to momentarily put you to sleep so you will not feel any pain during the procedure.
Your physician may also recommend some lifestyle changes if your varicose veins don’t cause many symptoms. These changes include wearing of compression stockings and regular exercise.
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