When you have varicose veins, you can feel desperate enough to try any type of vein treatment to reduce the symptoms and disguise the appearance. Unfortunately, some marketers take advantage of patients looking for vein treatment and sell creams and vitamins that do not work. While certain types of vitamins and dietary choices can help you manage symptoms, you must research them to ensure you are purchasing something that will actually help your symptoms improve. Unfortunately only treatment gets rid of their physical appearance.
Here are several vitamins sold mainly as pills you may want to check out:
- Bioflavonoids, found mainly in blueberries, cherries, and blackberries, can prevent breakdown of the capillaries that lead to varicose veins.
- Diosmin is a natural chemical in citrus fruits. When used as an ingredient in vitamins, diosmin can improve blood circulation in the legs and diminish uncomfortable symptoms associated with varicose veins.
- Fiber helps to prevent constipation that creates pressure in the abdomen that can ultimately block blood flow to your legs.
- Horse chestnut seed extract is a dietary supplement that can improve varicose vein symptoms of itching, leg pain, and swelling. After conducting a study on various methods used to treat varicose veins, the National Institute of Health stated this dietary supplement can be more effective than wearing compression stockings.
- Vitamin B6 and B12 can clear homocysteine from the blood, which is known to cause blood clots.
- Vitamin C helps to produce elastin and collagen that your body uses to maintain and repair veins.
- Vitamin E can help to prevent blood clots.
Why Creams Don’t Work for Varicose Veins
Creams have no effect on varicose veins because they only moisturize the surface of the skin. There is no way for creams to repair veins that do not function properly. Some medical creams can reduce the swelling caused by varicose veins. Since they do not treat the underlying problem, swelling will reappear as soon as you discontinue using the cream.
Vitamins Only Improve Varicose Vein Symptoms, Not Rid You of Them
All the vitamins we listed above can be helpful in reducing the number of varicose veins you develop and minimize their systems. You just need to be aware that no vitamin will eliminate varicose veins once you already have them. Eliminating varicose veins altogether requires treatment from a vein specialist.
Treatments for Varicose Veins
The goal of treatment for varicose veins is to prevent blood from pooling up or flowing the wrong direction through repair or removal. We offer each of the services highlighted below at Schulman Vein and Laser Clinic under general anesthesia.
Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy
After locating the faulty veins via ultrasound, your doctor mixes the same chemical agents used in traditional sclerotherapy with carbon dioxide and air to create a foam. The foam delivers medicine to the veins to close them off.
This involves receiving several injections with a tiny needle. The chemical agents cause irritation to the faulty veins, resulting in the development of scar tissue.
With this type of micro-surgery, your doctor makes several small incisions on your outer skin layer near the problem veins. This provides an opening to remove them, and your doctor closes the incisions immediately.