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How Do I Know Which Vein Treatment Is Right for Me?

Standing or sitting for long periods of time, smoking, high blood pressure, and genetics all contribute to the development of circulation issues like spider veins, varicose veins, and venous insufficiency. However, it can be confusing to figure out the difference between the conditions and which treatment may be the most appropriate. While a consultation with...

Spider Vein Treatment
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Spider Vein Treatment

Spider Veins are red or blue veins visible on the surface of the skin. These veins are very small with short, jagged lines, which make them look like spider webs. Spider veins can appear anywhere but are most commonly seen on the legs. The most effective treatment options for spider veins is visual sclerotherapy, which is an injectable solution that dries out the lining of the vein and causes it to disappear. Click here for more information about visual sclerotherapy.

Varicose Veins
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Varicose Veins

Varicose veins most often present as large, swollen, bluish veins that run just below the surface of the skin. They almost always affect the legs and are usually painful and unappealing. About 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from the physical or social discomfort of varicose veins, and half of people over the age of 50 report having them.

Venous Stasis Treatment
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Venous Stasis Treatment

Venous stasis occurs when the skin of the lower legs changes as a result of chronic poor venous blood flow. The skin becomes discolored – turning a brown or red shade – with hardening of the skin, due to the constant pooling of blood in the lower legs. Venous stasis is a sign of progressive varicose vein disease, so prompt treatment is vital.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency
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Chronic Venous Insufficiency

The job of the vein is to collect blood from the body and bring it back to the heart. Healthy veins have one-way valves that move the blood in the correct direction – toward the heart – and prevent the blood from flowing backward. But with chronic venous insufficiency, these valves become broken or damaged, or the vein walls become weak, and blood flows in the wrong direction.

Restless Legs Syndrome
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Restless Legs Syndrome

Patients have uncomfortable sensations in their legs and an urge to move their legs to relieve the sensations. Patient’s describe this as “itchy,” “pins and needles,” or “creepy crawly” feeling in the legs. When restless legs syndrome is caused by varicose veins or venous insufficiency these patients may also suffer with achy legs, leg cramps, leg fatigue.

Phlebitis
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Phlebitis

Simply put, phlebitis is inflammation of the vein walls. It produces pain, swelling and redness. Both superficial and deep veins can develop inflammation, which is often caused by things like varicose veins, blood clots or other types of vein injury. Superficial phlebitis is best relieved with treatment of your varicose veins, in addition to warm compresses, anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and compression stockings.