What is the most effective treatment for varicose veins?

Sclerotherapy: This is the most common treatment for leg veins. Over the years, dermatologists have improved sclerotherapy to make it safer and give patients better results. Today, dermatologists use it to treat spider and small varicose veins.

What to do if you knock a varicose vein?

If you have a minor scrape on a varicose vein, simply apply light pressure to the injury and, if possible, elevate it above your head. This can be accomplished while lying down by elevating your leg with a pillow. Continue to apply pressure and elevate until the bleeding slows, then bandage to prevent future injury.

Why is my varicose vein throbbing?

Painful varicose veins can be a sign of a more serious problem, such as a blood clot, an open sore or a skin infection. If you have a varicose vein that is becoming or has become painful, it could be a clue that something more serious is happening and you should see your doctor.

Can you cauterize a varicose vein?

Endovenous ablation uses energy to cauterize (burn) and close varicose veins. Doctors use it to help ease symptoms such as pain, swelling, and irritation. Ablation is safe, less invasive than surgery, and leaves virtually no scars. Tell your doctor about any recent illnesses, medical conditions, and allergies.

Can I get rid of varicose veins without surgery?

Minimally invasive options exist, and most problem veins — from the tiniest spider veins to larger varicose veins — can be treated without surgery. Newer techniques include the use of heat, glue or a solution injected directly into the veins. Treatment for varicose veins should be personalized to the individual.

What happens if your varicose vein bursts?

A ruptured varicose vein may not stop bleeding, and without medical attention may result in a serious amount of blood loss. Excessive blood loss can, of course, be a very serious problem that can even lead to death.

What happens if a varicose vein bursts?

If a varicose vein ruptures and the skin is broken, significant bleeding will occur. Because veins burst from excess pressure, the bleeding can be rapid and profuse. In this case, call 911 and seek medical attention immediately to prevent excessive blood loss.

How long will my leg hurt after vein ablation?

Most patients experience only minor discomfort, and only for about a week or two after treatment. There may also be some minor numbness in and around the treatment area, but this too typically lasts for only a few weeks, or until healing in the area is complete.

How painful is vein surgery?

You will likely experience some pain and bruising in the area your veins were treated, however the pain is usually minimal. Depending on your health, your doctor may suggest you take ibuprofen or Tylenol if the pain gets to be too much.

How to tell if you have varicose veins or spider veins?

When painful signs and symptoms occur, they may include: Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your lower legs Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but they’re smaller. Spider veins are found closer to the skin’s surface and are often red or blue.

What are the side effects of varicose veins?

Itching: The area around the varicose veins may itch. Pain: Legs may be painful, achy or sore, especially behind the knees. You might have muscle cramps. Swelling: The legs, ankles and feet can swell and throb. Skin discolorations and ulcers: If left untreated, varicose veins can cause brown discolorations on the skin.

How does the Cleveland Clinic treat varicose veins?

You can relieve most varicose vein symptoms at home. Or your healthcare provider can treat them with injections, laser therapy and surgery. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy What are veins?

How are socks used to treat varicose veins?

Elastic stockings: Supportive stockings or socks compress the veins and reduce discomfort. The compression stops the veins from stretching and helps blood flow. Injection therapy (sclerotherapy): During sclerotherapy, a healthcare provider injects a solution into your vein. The solution causes the vein walls to stick together.