Varicose Veins (cont.)
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Varicose veins may be prevented to some extent by:
Home treatment is recommended for most people with varicose veins that aren't causing more serious problems. Home treatment can relieve symptoms, slow down the progress of varicose veins, and prevent complications such as sores or bleeding. For many people with varicose veins, home treatment is the only treatment they need.
These measures may help you avoid surgery or other medical treatment for your varicose veins. But you may still want surgery or a procedure if you are not satisfied with their appearance or your symptoms are not well controlled.
If you have varicose veins, you can help control the problem and keep it from getting worse if you:
After an injury
Superficial varicose veins can sometimes cause minor problems like bruising or bleeding if you scratch or cut the skin over a larger vein. Small blood clots may occasionally form in the surface veins (superficial phlebitis). Most of these problems can be safely treated at home.
Blood clot in a superficial vein (superficial phlebitis)
Signs of a small blood clot in a superficial varicose vein (superficial phlebitis) include tenderness and swelling over the vein. The vein may feel firm. If your doctor has told you how to care for superficial phlebitis, follow his or her instructions.
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