What treatment options are available?
There are several things you can do at home to improve the symptoms of varicose veins:
- Lose weight if you are overweight.
- Avoid standing for long periods of time.
- Raise your legs while you are sitting. If possible, keep them above the level of your heart.
- Wear loose clothing.
Your doctor may recommend that you wear compression stockings. These are stockings that provide gentle, consistent pressure. This will help keep blood from pooling in your legs and reduce swelling from venous stasis when you are sitting or standing. Compression stockings can be found at pharmacies and medical supply stores.
If your symptoms don’t get any better with at-home care, or if you don’t like the way varicose veins look, there are more invasive treatment options available. These include surgery, laser therapy and injection therapy. Your doctor can recommend which procedure would be the best option for you.
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