Treatment for varicose veins
If your symptoms are minor, you can treat varicose veins with lifestyle changes. Exercise and weight loss can help. You should also add movement to your day if you are sitting or standing for long periods of time. A number of over-the-counter topical creams are available at local pharmacies. Some can improve the overall appearance of your varicose veins and others soothe the pain. Talk to your physician or pharmacist about which products to use.
You can also purchase compression stockings, which are supposed to gently squeeze your legs and improve circulation. They offer a lot of ankle support. Some patients report that the stockings help ease pain and are helpful if you plan to take along car or plane ride. (You can get out of your car every hour or two, or walk up and down the aisle of a plane every once in a while, to pump the blood pooling in your legs.)
If the pain is severe, you will want to get a referral from your doctor to see a vascular medicine specialist or surgeon. These doctors specialize in blood vessel conditions. You can also talk to a dermatologist.
October 24, 2017
Christopher Nystuen, MD, MBA