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Choosing  the  Right  Doctor

 Choosing  the  right  Doctor  to  treat  your  veins  can  be  a  challenge,  especially  because  the   contemporary  treatment  of  vein  disease  is  quite  different  than  what  was  done  even  as   recently  as  10  years  ago.  This  is  due,  in  part,  to  the  recent  U.S.  Board  Certified  medical   specialty  called  Phlebology,  which  focuses  solely  on  the  diagnosis  and  treatment  of  vein   disease.  While  many  physicians  offer  medical  services  relating  to  vein  disease,  only  a  few   are  Board  Certified  Phlebologists,  a  specialty  that  has  existed  only  since  2008.   In  addition,  the  modern  practice  of  vein  medicine  requires  mastery  of  specific   medical  technology.  Again  the  best  practitioners are Certified; this time in Ultrasonography.

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Varicose veins are purely cosmetic, there's no need to treat them.

 This is likely the most common myth told by doctors today.  Not only is this untrue, it's just bad advice considering the potential side effects of leaving your varicose or spider veins untreated. Although doctors often say that if you feel no pain then you do not need to seek medical attention, varicose veins is definitely an exception to this rule. Unfortunately, if you have an underlying issue of venous insufficiency or venous hypertension (varicose veins) the pain resulting from this disease will increase over time and result in more serious damage to your body (e.g. venous leg ulcers (open wounds), even things like congestive heart failure).  Furthermore, if your varicose veins are left untreated over time the vein values and connective tissue surrounding them will eventually die, then the real pain will occur. With proper treatment these symptoms can be eliminated.

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Are Varicose Veins  a sign of old age.

There are many common myths about varicose and spider veins. The reasons for many of these misconceptions include outdated treatments as well as a lack of specialization. Over the last decade, however, there have been a number of new medical specialties. One in particular and the newest medical Board Specialty--Phlebology (2008)--, has allowed certified practitioners to reveal the truth behind many of these common myths.

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Travel tips if you suffer Varicose Veins

Traveling can become a contributing factor to vein disease, this is because all the time we spend in the same position when we travel, the change of timing or humidity of the place, and pressure changes on long flights. We give you some tips you can consider while you travel, however if you do not suffer varicose veins yet, we recommend you to prevent them with this tips at the moment you travel. 

GET MOVING: When you sit for a long time without moving, you put your body at greater risk for Deep vein thrombosis which can be caused by venous insufficiency. So try to walk around at least every 3-4 hours, you will reduce your chances of developing DVT.

WATCH FOR SYMPTOMS: The most common symptom of varicose veins is swelling in the legs, although sudden onset of leg cramps, burning, redness, or tightness or bulging varicose veins are common warning signs as well.
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STAY HYDRATED: The high altitude and low humidity of cabin air can cause you to become dehydrated when you fly. Try not to drink large quantities of alcoholic beverages, tea, coffee, and sodas, as a lot of these substances are actually diuretics which decrease your general hydration. Start increasing water your consumption while you fly instead.

SUPPORT GOOD CIRCULATION: Graduated compression socks can help support your circulation and reduce your feeling of restlessness, especially if varicose veins are common in your family.

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Varicose veins vs spider veins

Varicose veins can be visible on the surface of the skin as large, ropey or bulging veins and are present anywhere from the groin down to the ankle.  However, varicose veins can exist even if no visible signs are present.  Spider veins are small red, purple or blue vessels that twist and turn and are easily visible on the surface of the skin. Spider veins are usually present near the ankles and knees. Venous Hypertension

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