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Can Varicose Veins Be Treated Using Topical Creams?

Can Varicose Veins Be Treated Using Topical Creams?

Posted on February 20, 2017 by Dr. Stephen Rivard


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.

Varicose veins are the result of what is known as “venous hypertension” where the veins - created to support healthy blood flow - become damaged and cannot perform their given function. Veins all have one way valves that provide your body the ability to push blood towards the heart, when these valves break or become damaged beyond repair tension builds as pressure within the veins increase. These varicose veins are commonly a result of genetic disposition, but can also occur from multiple pregnancies, trauma, and sometimes a side effect of poor health.

Once the veins have reached this point of the process, the body does not have the ability to regrow these valves - even with the help of creams. It’s unfortunate, as topical creams could be an easy solution and would theoretically offer help to many that suffer, but none have been created to work in the same manner that modern treatment of varicose veins have been created to work. Modern varicose vein treatments all involve some form of method to essentially destroy the varicose vein, frequently by dissolving the vein into the blood stream through the application of heat. Topical creams do not posses the properties to heat the veins enough to dissolve them, nor would this be safe. Furthermore, vein creams do not have the ability to actually locate the damaged veins versus healthy ones.

While this may not be the news you were looking to find, the fortunate thing about modern day vein treatment is that it has become far more effective, less painful and often covered by insurance as a medical procedure. More importantly, treating the damaged veins at their source with proper techniques like endovenous laser therapy, actually eliminates the varicose veins entirely - meaning they do not come back again. This is also something that would be unlikely to occur using creams or lotions.

No way around it, varicose vein creams do not work and may only provide temporary aesthetic relief for minor things like spider veins, but they will not “treat” your varicose veins.

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At Illinois Vein Specialists, we care just as much about the medicine and the specialized practice of Phlebology as we do our patients. We focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and successfully treated patients from many towns including Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, 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 research 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 Vein Specialist.

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