In the previous article, we looked at what varicose and spider veins and how they are caused. In this continual article, we will look at other aspects of these two conditions.
When to go meet a doctor?
There are certain situations associated with varicose veins, wherein you will need to go meet a doctor immediately. These include:
What is the process of diagnosis?
Normally, the first step of diagnosis for varicose or spider veins, is a physical one, as in the doctor will conduct a physical exam to gauge the condition as well as its extent. They will talk to you about the symptoms that you have been observing in the past few days or weeks. Tests will be required for a more precise diagnosis, and these could include ultrasound and blood tests. In rare cases, a venogram might be required, especially if the doctor needs to get a closer look at the blood flow in the veins.
Is there a method of preventing spider or varicose veins?
There is no sure shot way of preventing spider or varicose veins, but there are methods by which their appearance can be reduced. In addition, there are also methods by which the pain and discomfort can be controlled.
Is the treatment one that will last a lifetime?
Modern day treatments can assure you that you will have immediate relief and it will last a really long time. However, no treatment is finite and there is always the chance that varicose or spider veins might recur. This can happen because if the valves of the veins are weak, there is little or no chance of them becoming stronger. Your doctor will suggest that you undergo regular ultrasounds to ensure that your veins are in good shape and they might also suggest regular follow-up treatments. Once you have had the treatment, it would be a good idea to constantly wear support stockings for as long in the day as possible.
What are the main methods of treating varicose veins and spider veins?
Some of the most commonly used method of treating these conditions include: