Not Treating Varicose Veins


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Varicose veins do not always require treatment, as they are generally harmless and cause little or no discomfort. If you do not intend to treat, your varicose veins there are certain measures that you can take to prevent their spreading. There are also symptoms that you should look out for as varicose veins can worsen over time.

Taking Care of Varicose Veins

If your varicose veins do not require treatment, there are methods that you can apply to take care of them in order to reduce your likelihood of requiring treatment in the future. You should avoid standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time. If you cannot do this, you should move your legs on a regular basis. Shifting your weight from one leg to the other and stretching your ankles will help your circulation whilst standing. Whilst sitting you should try to get up and walk around after about forty- five minutes.

You should avoid tight clothing as this can reduce blood circulation and it may be worth buying compression stockings, which can help with blood circulation and reduce the spread of varicose veins. Compression stockings will also relieve any mild symptoms that you may have.

You should try to maintain a healthy weight to reduce the pressure on your veins. This can be achieved by eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly. Both of these measures are also helpful in reducing the spread of varicose veins. You should try to do at least half an hour of moderate physical exercise a minimum of five times a week. This can strengthen the walls of your veins as well as improving your circulation. Your diet should contain a balance of vitamins and minerals and you should try to limit your intake of salt.

There are many supplements that you can take to improve your blood circulation such as coenzyme Q10, vitamin V, and omega 3. You can also apply certain extracts to your varicose veins to relieve the inflammation or pain. This includes witch hazel, white oak bark, and horse chestnut extract. Keeping your skin moisturised can help to prevent the development of skin complications.

Symptoms to Watch Out For

If you choose not to treat your varicose veins, there are several signs to watch out for. If you notice these symptoms, you should speak to your GP about the possibility of NHS treatment. These symptoms include:

  • Increased pain or discomfort
  • Severe aching or heaviness in the affected area
  • Redness and heat of the varicose veins
  • Bleeding of the varicose veins
  • Swelling of the affected limbs
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Ulcers or the appearance of liquid- filled bulges around the varicose veins

These are all symptoms of complications associated with varicose veins and may make you eligible for treatment on the NHS. Failure to get treatment may lead to further complications, which could require treatments that are more drastic. Generally, treatment will start out moderately and will prevent your varicose veins from worsening further.


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