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what do experts consider effective ways to reduce inflammation for varicose veins in legs?

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Dr. Scott Grover
General Surgery 26 years experience
Antiinflammatories: Ibuprofen type medicines are best used for relieving inflammation. Most insurance companies now require a trial of conservative care before approving vein procedures. Part of that is NSAID ( non steroid anti inflammatory drugs ) treatment. Other things that can help are leg elevation, routine exercise such as walking, and compression stockings.
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 29 years experience
Compression & NSAIDS: Nsaids [non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs] treatment help with the pain and inflammation. Compression stockings and leg elevation take some of the pressure off the veins which reduces inflammation. Exercise such as walking can help as well but the most important way to reduce the burden is treatment to eliminate the veins. See a vein specialist about this.
Dr. Bojan Pavlovic
Anesthesiology 20 years experience
Improving muscle tone can help as muscles in your extremities are an aid to improving venous return.
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Dr. Ted King
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VV inflammation: Besides graduated compression as drs. Grover and wright have mentioned, there are some other things that can be done. Avoid standing for long periods of time, elevate your legs as much as you can, get regular exercise, lose weight if your bmi is too high, and take anti-inflammatory medicine. Ice might be more helpful than heat and is worth a try. Most of all, do see a vein specialist.
Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 47 years experience
Medical and closure.: Varicose veins can cause many symptoms but when they become inflammed this is called superficial phlebitis. Symptomatic(medical) treatment with heat to the area, compression stockings, anti-inflammatory agents such as Ibuprofen and walking to increase leg compression are all useful. The definitive treatment would be to see a vein specialist and have the veins evaluated for reflux.
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Vascular Surgery 42 years experience
Varicose veins: Use of support or compression stockings during daily activities

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