Varicose veins are veins that have become inflamed and that show throw the skin. Usually, varicose veins are seen on a person’s legs. Varicose veins are not only unsightly, but they can also be rather painful. The ultimate solution for varicose veins is surgery, but there are some simple things that a person can do to minimize them. Also, for mild cases of varicose veins, these measures may help avoid the need for surgery.
In order to minimize varicose veins, it is important to understand what causes them. One major issue with varicose veins is that the blood is unable to move from the veins back to the heart. As such, it is important to “help” the veins bring the blood back to the heart. With gravity and all, the veins will certainly need that assistance.
One thing that you can do is to put your feet up when you can, literally. Having the feet at a higher position than the heart will hasten the pumping action and return the blood back to the heart. Naturally, it is impossible to always have your feet elevated, so when you are going around doing your daily activities, you also ought to consider wearing compression stockings. These are stockings that apply consistent pressure on the legs, helping the pumping action.
You can also take over-the-counter medication that deals with inflammation and swelling. Ibuprofen and aspirin are commonly used to minimize varicose veins - both the inflammation and the pain. There is other medication that is used to treat varicose veins that may not respond to the treatments described above. If your condition does not improve with the basic treatments, the best thing to do is consult your doctor.