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4 Ways To Treat Your Varicose Veins

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Varicose veins most commonly occur on your legs and feet. They're veins that protrude from your body and look twisted, almost like squiggly lines. They can be painful, and many people don't like the appearance of varicose veins on your body. If you suffer from varicose veins, there are treatment options available to you. Here are four ways you can get rid of your varicose veins.

1. Rest.

Varicose veins can be caused by standing for long periods of time or by walking more than you usually do. When you suddenly increase the amount of time you spend on your feet, your muscles can swell, which may temporarily push your veins out. Resting your legs can help to remedy the problem. Spend some time off your feet and elevate your affected leg above your heart, if possible; this can be accomplished using pillows to prop up your leg, and it will encourage the swelling in your leg to heal.

2. Apply compression.

Compression can also help reduce the appearance and pain of varicose veins. Compression bandages are an easy way to apply pressure to the affected parts of your legs. Otherwise, you can apply pressure by tightly wrapping your leg using sports tape. Make sure you don't wrap the area too tightly. You want to apply pressure without cutting off the circulation in your limb, so be gentle.

3. Exercise.

While it may sound counterintuitive, regular exercise can keep your varicose veins from getting worse. Experts recommend 30 minutes of low impact exercise at least 5 times per week. Walking is a good exercise, as is swimming or bicycling. Getting your blood flowing can reduce pain and encourage your swelling to go down. Just make sure you listen to your body and stop if the exercise becomes painful.

4. Try short recovery varicose vein treatment.

If your varicose veins aren't getting better with self-care, you can ask your doctor about short recovery varicose vein treatment. Endovenous laser treatment, which is commonly abbreviated as ELT, is a method used to get rid of varicose veins. Your doctor will use a laser to correct your varicose veins, and the procedure typically takes less than an hour. You'll be able to go home on the same day, so you won't have to worry about any hospital stays. According to the Center for Vein Restoration, you should be fully recovered in as little as one week.