Varicose Veins (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
Varicose Veins Prevention
Patient Comments Read 2 Comments
A person cannot change his or her genes, but a person can keep weight under control, exercise, eat a healthy diet high in fiber, and try to stick to loose comfortable clothing when possible. If an individual is genetically destined to develop varicose veins, they may appear despite all the best efforts.
TED (thromboembolism-deterrent) stockings are the best nonsurgical treatment of varicose veins. They prevent skin breakdown and worsening of the varicosities. Most people have decreased swelling in their feet and less tiredness at the end of the day when using TED stockings.
Varicose Veins Prognosis
Varicose veins that a person has now will not go away unless treated, such as sclerotherapy or ligation and stripping. At times the veins may seem more prominent, such as in warm weather. However, once they appear, they will not go away on their own.
Prevention is the key. The earlier a person starts the lifestyle modifications outlined in the Self-Care at Home discussed previously, the better the chances of preventing new varicose veins from forming. In some cases, varicose veins may be one stage in the continuum of chronic poor vein functioning.
Some people may progress from having no symptoms, to the development of varicose veins, and then on to problems with leg swelling, and finally to ulcers caused by stagnant blood flow.
Varicose Veins Pictures
Medically reviewed by Paul Skudder, Jr., MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialties in Vascular Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
Last Reviewed 11/17/2017
Shabir Bhimji, MD
Amy Smookler, MD
Mara Aloi, MD
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
Must Read Articles Related to Varicose Veins
Patient Comments & Reviews
The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Varicose Veins:
Varicose Veins - Prevention
What have you done to prevent varicose veins?
Varicose Veins - Treatment
What treatment have you used or had done for your varicose veins?