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You did not cause your varicose veins. You cannot create varicose veins by crossing your legs or wearing tight pants. These activities only create mild pressure on your circulation. Internal pressure, not external pressure causes veins to bulge. While you may not have caused them, you may still hope that your varicose veins will get better, or disappear, on their own. Unfortunately, varicose veins will not go away on their own.
A Brief Explanation of Your Bulging Veins
Chronic venous insufficiency, faulty valves almost always cause varicose veins. That means that the small one-way valves in your veins do not close properly. They can leak, or they can stop functioning. This leak causes your blood flow to move backward. Since blood flow backs up into the vein, your veins are going to swell and discolor.
Half of those with troublesome varicose veins have a family history. But heredity alone does not decide your fate. While it’s nearly impossible to prevent varicose veins entirely, you may be able to prolong their onset or lessen their severity by maintaining a healthy weight, exercise and avoiding extended periods of standing.
Varicose Veins Will Not Go Away on Their Own
You may have been led to believe that wearing compression stockings, exercise, applying natural remedies or losing weight will shrink the painful veins in your legs. Unfortunately, there is little chance that these methods will heal your veins, but don’t give up on these healthy habits.
Weight loss, exercise, and compression garments can help alleviate some of the discomfort caused by swollen, enlarged veins. Losing weight can also reduce the fluid retention and swelling in your legs and ankles and may shrink the veins a bit. Compression will enhance your circulation, make your legs feel better and may keep those veins from getting worse quickly.
Almost All Varicose Veins Get Worse Over Time
While varicose veins start out as a cosmetic issue, they will get worse over time. Eventually, your varicose veins can cause your legs to ache, can make walking difficult and eventually lead to bleeding ulcers as your circulation declines.
Varicose veins will not typically improve or go away on their own. The only way that varicose veins will go away is to have them treated by a vein specialist. There are several procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, that can get rid of your problematic veins. While surgery can remove the vein, there are several non-invasive treatments available that will cause the overburdened vein to collapse and disappear from view. Some of those treatments include:
- Laser surgery uses intense bursts of energy to close off spider veins and varicose veins without the use of
- Thermal ablation (radiofrequency ablation) heats the inside of the vein. The vein is destroyed and absorbed by the body. Veins are less visible within a few weeks.
- Sclerotherapy uses an injected solution to cause care tissue to form within the vein, closing it This treatment requires no downtime.
- Foam sclerotherapy for larger veins because the foam can cover a larger area than liquid
While varicose veins start out as a cosmetic issue, they will get worse over time. Eventually, your varicose veins can cause your legs to ache, can make walking difficult and eventually may cause bleeding ulcers.
You do not need to worry about varicose vein treatment being harmful to the health of your legs. The veins you see bulging on the surface, are just that, surface veins. Your blood will flow through other, healthier veins without consequence.
Removing your dysfunctional veins will improve your circulation. Improved circulation can benefit your general health. To eliminate varicose veins from your life, you will want to consult with a vein specialist. Your vein doctor will decide your best treatment option to get rid of your varicose veins permanently. You did not cause your varicose veins, but you can have them eliminated from your life. Those bulging veins will not go away on their own.
You can find a vein doctor near you if you wish to seek varicose vein treatment.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Susanne Woloson on 5-01-2020.
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