Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
Treatments are available for varicose veins. Many of them are simple things a
person begin immediately.
Elevate the legs as much as possible. If
the person can take
half-hour breaks during the day to rest, do it. It is important to raise the
legs up above the level of the heart to get the maximum effect, and to do
this for about a half-hour each time.
Wear compression stockings (such as Ted Hose or Jobst stockings). The key is to put them on in the morning before walking around and before
the veins become more swollen. If a person tries them and experiences worsening pain, especially after walking, remove them and see
a health care professional. A person may have problems with the blood supply to
the legs (the arterial supply, which provides oxygen).
If the person are overweight, try to lose weight. A healthy diet high in fiber and low in fat
and salt can help.
Avoid alcohol, which can cause the veins in the legs to dilate.
a health care professional if the person has problems
such as chronic constipation, urinary retention, or chronic cough. Relieving
conditions that are causes straining may help with the varicose veins.
Avoid wearing tight clothing such as girdles or
Do not cross the legs when sitting.
Walking is good
exercise. It can help the muscles
force the blood out of the deeper vein system.
If the person is driving on a trip,
traveling by air for a long period of time, or working at a desk all day, try to get up and walk around every hour or so to allow the muscles to pump the blood out of the veins.