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please explain what happens during spider vein treatment?

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Dr. J mark Rheudasil
Vascular Surgery 38 years experience
Vein closes: Sclerotherapy(injections) or various forms of heat therapy cause an inflammatory reaction that closes the vain and hopefully makes it less visible.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Vascular Surgery 25 years experience
Spider Vein Therapy: Spider vein therapy varies, but usually involves either injections of the veins with a micro-needle (sclerotherapy) or "zapping" the veins with heat energy using a laser or thermal probe. Both therapies have some discomfort associated with them, with sclerotherapy generally being the least painful. Some short-term bruising or discoloration of the skin occurs & then the veins gradually fade away.

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Is it normal to get varicose veins?

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Dr. Kevin Fleishman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Yes: Varicose veins are common during pregnancy. If they are bothersome, i recommend compression stockings.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between arteries and veins?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
High vs low pressure: Arteries take blood from the heart to the tissues of the body under high pressure. Veins take blood from the tissues back to the heart under much lower pressure. Arteries are thicker and have muscle in the walls, veins are thinner.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

Is there a quick fix for varicose veins?

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Dr. Robert Phillips
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
No: Depending on their size they can be injected with a sclerosing agent or lasered, but there is no quick fix.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Are there any homeopathic remedies for varicose veins?

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Dr. Paul McNeill
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
No: A number of natural supplements and herbal products such as horse chestnut, venotonic agents, vitamin k, vitamin c, gingko and wich hazel claim to help with common symptoms of varicose veins. Unfortunately there is no evidence reported to support this. I recommend support hose, leg elevation and exercise to manage symptoms of varicose veins if treatment such as vnus closure is not an option.
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For the most part, Dr. McNeill is right. There are no homeopathic medicines that will change the appearance of abnormal veins. Horse chestnut and, especially, certain phlebotonics have been shown to decrease swelling due to varicose veins but that is only a temporary solution. If you have varicose veins and swelling, you should see a phlebologist and be evaluated for more definitive treatment.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

Are varicose veins deadly?

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Dr. Paul McNeill
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
No: Varicose veins alone are not deadly. However complications of varicose veins can be significant and in rare cases lead to potentially life threatening circumstances. Blood clots and venous stasis ulcerations are rare but real complications of venous disease. Without proper management or treatment, morbidity is a possibility. Early treatment intervention is recommended to avoid complications.

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