Monday, August 5, 2013

How to Relieve the Pain and Discomfort of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can be difficult to deal with and sometimes people find the pain far too annoying to put up with it. Although pain is not present in every case, some people do experience extreme discomfort while suffering from this malady. Yes, it is rare to find a case which is fatal, although the pain associated with it can often be excruciating. Fortunately, there are several efficient ways, which allow you to find proper relief from the discomfort.
In this article, you will find several effective ways that can help you find relief from the throbbing, burning, itching and overall aches associated with this ailment.
Here are some options that you may want to consider:
Sclerotherapy Special medication, usually a saline based solution, is then injected directly into the affected veins. This leads to irritation of the inner walls and the veins will collapse and permanently close. It takes only a few hours for the procedure and recovery time is very short.
Ligation:  Incisions are then made over the damaged vein and the vein is tied off. One benefit that this surgery offers is that it removes the affected section so relief is there as soon as the incisions heal.
Support Stockings: These special stocking or support socks help in relieving the throbbing as they compress the veins. This helps to keep the swelling down. These stockings are specifically designed to promote proper circulation of blood in your legs. They can help to support your legs right after ligation surgery and these stockings may help avoid formation of new varicose veins.
Natural Remedies:
  • Horse chestnut extract is very popular for its healing properties. It effectively helps reduce pain and any kind of swelling. However, please keep in mind that this extract is unsafe and so one should only consume it when the ingredient, esculin is removed from it.
  • Butcher's broom helps to strengthen collagen and works to improve blood circulation in the body.
  • Grape seed and pine bark extracts also work effectively to reduce inflammation.
  • Hawthorn improves circulation and strengthens blood vessels.
  • A mixture of cypress oil and geranium oil when gently applied to the legs can provide effective relief from pain. However, make sure to apply the mixture around the affected veins and not directly on them.
  • Chamomile and cypress oil can aid in soothing the pain and reducing the swelling.
  • Blackberries and cherries may also help to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Refrain from consuming salty and fried food items; instead include fresh fruits and vegetables to your menu.
  • Exercise regularly to improve circulation. Any kind of physical activity can help you improve your physical and mental health. Walking is especially good for the legs but avoid jogging as this will increase pressure on your lower leg area which may exacerbate your condition
  • Hydrotherapy can also act as a great solution to relieve symptoms by improving circulation in the legs.  A hot tub however, can make problems worse, so avoid using one.
Please note that before you undertake any type of self-medication, even with 'natural remedies' you should always consult with your health care practitioner. Many herbs or over the counter products may interfere with any prescribed medication that you may be taking. They may also worsen any medical condition that you may have, so it is best to consult with your doctor.
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