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Dr. Stephen Rivard

Medical Director and Founder of Illinois Vein Specialists -- Board Certified in Phlebology, i.e. the diagnosis and treatment of varicose and spider veins.
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Can Varicose Veins Be Treated Using Topical Creams?

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Many people search online everyday for a number of various creams and ointments to cure their ailments. It’s quite common and in many circumstances these topical solutions do provide real value and treatment. Varicose vein creams, however, are not one of these. Unfortunately, the nature of varicose veins lie often much deeper beneath the surface of the skin and are not the result of a cosmetic problem.

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Spring Is Near, It’s Time to Treat Your Varicose Veins.

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Spring is rapidly approaching as days are getting warmer, and the sun is out longer. Spring brings about a time for growth and new beginnings. While the spring air encourages us to get outside a bit more, for some it also is a constant reminder of their legs. When you suffer from varicose and spider veins, the spring weather can create a feeling of insecurity of having to go out. Regretting the opportunities to wear shorts or skirts without your noticeable veins protruding from your legs.

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Getting Sclerotherapy After Your Laser Vein Treatment.

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So, you have had your laser treatment, what’s next? Most patients, about 90% or more, need adjunctive treatment after their laser procedure(s).  Typically, this treatment is Ultrasound Guided Therapeutic Sclerotherapy (USTST). About a month after your laser treatment our ultrasound tech will do a thorough exam, mapping any indwelling veins that are not functioning properly and still remain after the laser procedure. The preferred treatment to eliminate these veins is USTST.

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Can Varicose Veins Affect My Sleep?

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Varicose veins have been associated with a number of symptoms that can affect your daily life on a regular basis. Many of these common symptoms of vein disease include: leg swelling or cramps, pain, skin discoloration and rashes near the ankles, and of course large bulging veins. The trouble with many of these symptoms, much like the disease itself, is that the onset of the symptoms are gradual as the disease progresses. Therefore, many people often do not always associate varicose veins as the cause for the discomfort and pain.

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Common Questions Regarding Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT).

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