How do I Treat Varicose Veins?
If you’re tired of always wearing full-length trousers in an attempt to cover your varicose veins, then you are likely looking for a solution. There are solutions out there that can help ease symptoms and to give you the best possible chance to reduce their visibility. These range from creams to tights to supplements. We look more closely at these options and others below.
‘Treating’ your swollen veins can often be a misleading term. There are various symptoms to consider such as the visibility of the bulging vein, swelling and soreness as well as the feeling of having heavy and tired legs. Below are some ideas for each of the issues:
Cream or treatment solution: A cream can help with both the visibility and the symptoms of swelling, heaviness and soreness. Apply it to the varicose vein to cover it entirely and massage in an upward motion towards the heart. The ingredients should target the relief of soreness and swelling whilst also encouraging the strengthening of the vein itself. This way it is less likely to be stretched outwards and bulge.
Supplements: In addition to a cream, a daily supplement such as Horse Chestnut extract can help improve the strength of the vein. This is more of a preventative option, which will require patience and time to yield results. When used in conjunction with a topical solution, it can prove effective. Before taking any oral supplements, you should always consult your doctor or physician to ensure it is suitable for you.
Compression Tights: Some people find that support from special compression tights/ stockings can help their symptoms by improving circulation in the affected area. While it is not a finite solution, it can help with maintenance and in combination with supplements and treatments.
Surgery: Although an unpleasant procedure, some people opt to have surgery to remove their varicose veins. It is important to know that they can form again in future, so before committing to this, please speak to your physician/ doctor and be aware of the symptoms.