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Do At Home Vein Treatments work: Our Answer May Surprise

September 4, 2023 • mdconnect • Spider VeinsVaricose VeinsVein Treatment

Vein troubles are more than a cosmetic issue. They can cause pain, swelling, itching, rashes, and even ulcers that represent potential health challenges now or down the line. It’s natural to wonder if home remedies and over-the-counter treatments can eliminate your malfunctioning veins.

So, do at home vein treatments work?

An estimated 30% of the general population has been diagnosed with varicose veins, but the rates are probably much higher because people do try at home treatments with varying levels of success. The truth is some at home vein treatments “work” in that they can slow a varicose vein’s worsening, reduce your risk of developing new sick veins, and lessen some of the associated symptoms. But the vein doesn’t just have a cold that it will get over. Once a vein becomes a spider or varicose vein, there’s no going back. That vein has lost its elasticity. The valves that help deoxygenated blood defy gravity on its way back to the heart no longer close correctly. That said, it’s certainly worth your time to explore at home vein treatments that work and learn to steer clear of those that don’t, so let’s dive into this topic.

At home vein treatments that work

Compression stockings or socksThis would be a yes. Compression socks can support healthy and sick veins, helping them move blood up to the heart more easily. If you have to spend a lot of time on your feet walking or standing, this is the most effective way to improve your veins. Improving your diet. Many people are not eating enough of health-promoting foods. Specifically regarding veins, focus on eating whole foods that contain significant:
  • Fiber (found in whole plants)
  • Potassium (root vegetables, cantaloupe, leafy greens).
  • Flavonoids (hot peppers, buckwheat, green tea)
Always consult your doctor if you have kidney issues or other health concerns that require limiting potassium. Exercise. The leg veins don’t have the power of the heart, forcing blood to move as the arteries do. Veins rely on leg muscles contracting, so moving more in general and strengthening your lower body can help. Elevating your legs. It’s not always easy to find time to do this, but it does give your veins a break. Leg massage. Massage does have benefits. While lying flat, someone is stimulating blood flow in your legs. However, if you already have noticeable varicose veins, some massage parlors won’t massage them because of potential blood clots.

At home vein treatments that don’t work

Be wary of someone trying to sell you home remedies such as expensive supplements or topicals. Remedies containing apple cider vinegar, tomatoes, grape seed oil, garlic, cayenne, and lemon juice are all pushed on the Internet. But no evidence supports their use, except that you massage the legs while applying them. We’d rather see you eat these foods as part of a healthy diet than apply them to your skin. The only true way to treat a vein once it becomes varicose or spider is by eliminating the vein. That’s not something you can do at home.

How to eliminate varicose veins and spider veins

Vein treatments close and remove the diseased vein, including VenaSeal™, ClosureFast™, and Transdermal Laser Treatment. When a doctor does this, the body will reabsorb the vein and grow a new healthy vein to replace it. Different types of veins need various solutions, so your doctor can explain which ones might work best for you. If you are suffering from vein issues that at home treatments aren’t enough, it’s time to contact our office at Desert Vein Institute today to schedule a consultation.

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