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A 37-year-old member asked:

is there a home treatment for varicose veins that works?

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Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
Stockings: Ted hose are available over-the-counter, and the common many colors. They look like leggings, but they are firmer compression. They don't make the veins go away, but they keep them small, and prevent more from occurring.
Dr. Mark Nielsen
Phlebology 38 years experience
Compression stocking: If you are willing to wear them, compression stockings will compress the bulging varicose veins and often provide quite a bit of relief from aching and swelling. You want to get stockings that have 20-30 mm hg or 30-40 mm hg compression. You wear them during the day when you are up and around and take them off at bedtime. Exercise and intermittent elevation of the legs is also often beneficial.
Dr. Ted King
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Not entirely: If you want to control any symptoms from your varicose veins, then compression stockings, as dr. Nielsen described, usually work pretty well. If you want to get rid of the veins themselves, treatment is necessary and you should see a vein specialist/phlebologist.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Vascular Surgery 25 years experience
Vein home therapies: Compression stockings and horse chestnut extract can often help with symptoms resulting from varicose veins. But unfortunately neither of these therapies will fix the underlying valve defect that has caused the veins to develop & the veins will tend to worsen despite home treatment. Advise that you seek expert opinion from local vascular surgeon to discuss options for possible therapy in clinic.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can having varicose veins kill you?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Not by itself: But varicose veins can lead to deep venous thrombophlebitis, from which a clot can dislodge and travel to your lungs, pulmonary embolism. And this can kill you. If you have unilateral leg swelling and pain, the only way to know for sure is to do an ultrasound study called venous duplex.
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Is it dangerous to scratch varicose veins?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Yes: Itching of skin means irritation. If you have varicose veins, there is nothing between the vessel and the outside, except skin. If skin breaks down, the vein can bleed uncontrollably. If it gets infected, bacteria can travel through the blood, septicemia. Resist scratching the skin. You can use topical creams and keep leg elevated until you get to a doctor.
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A 20-year-old male asked about a 42-year-old male:

Is there any medicine available in the market to cure the varicose vein disease?

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Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 24 years experience
Magic: No magic pill or cream to get rid of varicose veins. There are vascular surgery procedures to help control the spread of varicose veins.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

How to fight varicose veins ?

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Dr. Jesse Mills
Urology 20 years experience
Surgery: No medications help. But not all varicoceles need surgery. If you have no pain and no impairment in fertility, you likely don't need therapy.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are good home remediesfor varicose veins:?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
No simple fix: Varicose veins occur when the surrounding supporting structures of the veins lose their support and the veins begin to bulge out. This can be causes by obesity, family history, trauma, or just bad luck. Treatment varies from compression stockings to injection/laser to removing parts of the bad veins (not stripping). There are no home remedies that really have any effect other than elevating them.

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