A condition that commonly affects the lower extremities, varicose veins are twisted and swollen veins that can cause burning, itching and swelling. There are several risk factors that can affect the potential for you to develop this condition. From pregnancy to being overweight to prolonged standing, varicose veins can easily become an issue if you meet the criteria. Once you have been diagnosed, you will have to determine if you will seek treatment and how you will live with this condition.
How to live with varicose veins
Living with varicose veins will vary from person to person. In mild cases, you may have itching from time to time and of course you will have swelling in the affected area. For more severe cases, you will additional symptoms such as burning and pain. Swelling and itching also occurs and can become quite bothersome. As you live with this condition, you will have to tend with these symptoms on a regular basis.
You will also find the condition can have a negative effect on your self-esteem. The area will be a darker color blue or purple and become twisted and swollen. You may want to keep the area covered which will mean not wearing shorts or skirts. Your wardrobe can be very limited and you may become hot during the warm summer months. Of course you can keep the area open if you are comfortable exposing the skin that is affected.
How to understand when treatment is needed
You must first be diagnosed with a varicose vein condition before you will be able to have the condition treated. A diagnosis must be completed by a professional physician who has experience with these conditions. The physician will examine the area and then if further testing is needed, will use a sonogram style system to access the internal portion of the vein. From here, the physician will be able to determine the depth of your condition and then suggest treatment.
How to proceed with treatment
Once you have been diagnosed, you must determine the type of treatment you desire. There are several options from external laser treatment, sclerotherapy, surgery, endovenous interventions and conservative management. The type of treatment offered to you will be based on your symptoms, cost of treatment, iatrogenic complications, insurance reimbursement, physician training and more.
For conservative treatment, you will be asked to avoid standing for long periods of time, to elevate the leg affected, begin exercising, wear loose clothing, medical therapy, weight loss and more. By making small changes, you can reverse or at least minimalize the affected area. Minimally invasive treatments are also available in which injections or vein removal is used to help the affected area.
The most extreme measure of treatment is surgery. With surgery, the physician will be tying off the vein in different sections which can include the leg, thigh and groin area. There are complications of this treatment type including more pressure to the tributary veins or recurrence of varicose veins.
Your physician may decide to use a combination of treatments to remedy the varicose vein issue. By combing certain therapy types, you will be able to attack the condition head-on and hopefully be able to remedy the condition permanently. The physician may recommend combing a conservative treatment with a more complicated option to ensure the condition goes away.
Overall, it is important to have the condition diagnosed and then treatment suggested. Once you understand the condition you face, you will be able to have the appropriate treatment and begin the healing process. Contact your physician today to find out how you can begin treatment.