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Varicose Veins (cont.)

Varicose Veins Medical Treatment

Sclerotherapy

involves injecting a chemical inside the vein that obliterates it and causes it to scar.

  • Sclerotherapy is not completely successful in aleviating symptoms, and preventing formation of more varicose veins.
  • Complications associated with sclerotherapy include allergic reactions to the chemical used, stinging or burning at the various injection sites, inflammation, skin ulcerations, and permanent discoloration of the skin.
  • Bandages often remain in place for as long as three weeks.
  • Wearing compression stockings is usually recommended after sclerotherapy.
  • Doctors who perform this procedure must have specialized training and experience in order to avoid complications.

Lasers

Lasers are also used as a treatment for varicose veins, but are frequently used in the treatment of smaller veins, medically referred to as telangiectasias.

  • These veins are small, measuring only up to 1 millimeter in diameter, and represent dilated capillaries.
  • Using lasers to treat these smaller vessels can cause changes in the color or texture of the skin.
  • Multiple treatments are often required.
  • The technique is less helpful in the treatment of larger varicosities.

If a person have superficial thrombophlebitis, a health care professional will usually recommend warm compresses and pain medication. Additional treatment depends on whether the physician thinks the patient may have an infection.

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