Tips for treating varicose veins from a Newport Hospital doctor

Jason B Fashion, MD

It is certain that varicose veins can be a cosmetic problem. But it can also cause significant discomfort and affect quality of life.

We’ve all heard of varicose veins but their causes aren’t always well understood. Varicose veins generally occur as a result of abnormal blood flow caused by defective valves. The veins in the body bring blood from the tissues to the heart and lungs for oxygen. However, in diseased veins, blood can actually flow the wrong way. This is especially true in the legs, where the returning blood must resist gravity.

The result can be enlarged, painful and unsightly-looking veins. The most common symptoms are throbbing pain and itching around the varicose veins. In addition, some patients may experience:

Leg swelling

Wounds that usually form at the ankle and are slow to heal

Blood clots that form in varicose veins, which lead to a painful inflammatory reaction (these clots are rarely life-threatening and differ from those in deep veins that can travel to the heart and lungs)

Women are more likely to get varicose veins than men. This is especially true for women who have had multiple children. Varicose veins can develop and worsen as we age.

Genetics can play a role, too. If you have close family members with varicose veins, you are more likely to develop them yourself.

What are the most effective varicose veins treatments?

Compression stockings — stockings that compress the leg from the ankle up, helping blood flow from the leg — can be very effective in helping to manage symptoms related to varicose veins. However, many patients find wearing socks uncomfortable.

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