At this time of the year, there are many occasions for which a mother would give advice to her daughter. Whether is upon her graduation, her nuptials, or as she becomes a mother herself, one piece of advice that will one day be greatly appreciated, is her mother’s secrets for maintaining a youthful appearance and a healthy lifestyle. In addition to eating well-balanced meals and exercising regularly, her mother may tell her about conditions that she may inherit, conditions like varicose veins.What are varicose veins
As the heart pumps blood, the arteries deliver oxygenated blood throughout the body and the veins fight gravity to return the blood to the heart. In circumstances that make this journey difficult, the valves in the veins can fail, causing the blood flow to stretch the veins out of shape, bulging at the skin’s surface and causing aching pain, burning, itching, swelling, and fatigue.
What causes varicose veins
Mother will probably share stories about others in the family who also have varicose veins and the pain they may have endured. Other significant risk factors include obesity, advanced age, prolonged sitting or standing, and hormonal changes such as pregnancy, menopause, and birth control. The increased blood flow that an expectant mother experiences also places stress on the veins and can contribute to varicose veins.
Can varicose veins be treated?
Thankfully, the painful, somewhat effective vein stripping of the past has been replaced by highly-effective painless non-invasive treatments that can be done in the doctor’s office and are typically covered by insurance. Vein specialists use an ultrasound to study your blood flow and then close off affected veins. Once damaged veins are absorbed into your system, they are gone forever. And, in most cases, these treatments are covered by health insurance.
In addition to seeking the advice of a board-certified vein specialist, you may decrease the discomfort associated with varicose veins by:
- Exercising regularly
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Wear compression stockings
- Elevate your legs
- Wear loose clothing
Where can I go for treatment?
The vein experts at Illinois Vein Specialists are completely focused on vascular issues and provide state-of-the-art non-invasive treatments on-site. Our physicians are board-certified in venous and lymphatic medicine and we have helped more than 10,000 patients diagnose and treat their veins over the last decade. Don’t wait! Take the first step toward improving your health today.
OUR PHILOSOPHY. FIND A BOARD CERTIFIED VENOUS AND LYMPHATIC DOCTOR.
At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us. That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today. We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Glenview, Northbrook, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois.
We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor.