Living With Varicose Veins

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It is suggested that there are more women than men who develop varicose veins. With this in mind and given that varicose veins are said to be hereditary, if your mother or grandmother has them, the odds are generally against you for developing varicose veins at sometime in the future.

Prevention is the best cause of action given that there is no actual cure for varicose veins. However, various treatments are available should the extent of the condition become too troublesome to cope with on a daily basis.

For most women, varicose veins means covering up and opting for trousers over skirts. Holidays that involve tripping down to a bikini are often a thing of the past due to vanity and the desire to keep those legs hidden and out of sight. Varicose veins, depending on the severity can be unsightly and for women, legs are usually the one part of the body that are on show.

The first step in dealing with varicose veins is to seek medical advice. On the basis of that, a treatment option can be considered. Injecting the damaged veins is usually the first surgical procedure and can be done as an out-patient.

Success of injections, also known as sclerotherapy varies from person to person. It is recommended that the legs remain elevated after the treatment has been performed and that the patient wears compression stocking to help with blood flow and offer the veins support.

In some cases injection of the varicose veins is not effective and alternative treatment needs to be considered. Removal of the most damaged veins is usually the next step but again the result of this can vary from person to person.

For some, treatment is not necessarily effective but can help in the short term. Regular exercise and keeping the legs elevated where ever possible can help reduce the discomfort caused by varicose veins. Many women simply accept their condition and learn to adapt their life around them.

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