Conservative Treatment

Initially management of the symptoms of varicose veins can be by intermittent elevation of the leg,. This reduces the pressure in the veins allowing reduction in swelling and discomfort. The normal horizontal position of the body in bed at night provides relief. Elastic stockings can assist by providing external support (compression) to the limb. Unfortunately the stockings are sometimes unpleasant to wear because of tightness and warmth. They are only useful for alleviation of symptoms; they do not prevent varicose veins. The use of elastic stockings may, in fact, make the leg feel less comfortable and therefore is of no benefit to the patient. The exception is when stockings are being used to treat complications such as ulcers when acceptance of discomfort is necessary.

Temporary Vein Cover-Up Suggestions





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