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Why Varicose Vein Creams Won’t Work

Why Varicose Vein Creams Won’t Work

Posted on October 1, 2014 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Why Varicose Vein Creams Won’t Work


Finding a quick solution for any medical malady is unfortunately as common as varicose vein disease.  While many people search in hopes to find a real solution for their often annoying and unsightly varicose or spider veins, the solution behind the counter may not be the one you are really looking for.  Here’s why:

Many companies are now offering quick and seemingly simple solutions to treating your bulging or discolored veins through the application of topical creams and solutions, or even natural supplements.  Although these over-the-counter methods are becoming more popular, many have little real effect on actually treating your venous condition.  Why?  Because, even supplements like horse chestnut, which has been shown to reduce pain, or vein creams which may mask your spider veins, do not treat the source of your underlying venous disease.  

These quick fixes may seem to work for a while, but unless your varicose and spider veins are properly treated using proven techniques- like endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) - they will only get worse.  It’s kind of like taking Tylenol® for a cavity, it may work to reduce your pain, but eventually if you do not get it removed by a trained professional you will seriously suffer down the road.  The same goes for your veins.

The great news is that real solutions can be just as easy, if not easier, and are actually cheaper than you think (often covered by insurance).  More importantly, with advancements in vein care, certified phlebologists can actually treat your varicose and spider veins with no recurrence and minimal pain in under an hour providing you not only the cosmetic benefits of legs that look better, but healthier ones as well!


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Seeking Relief from a Board Certified Vein Specialist

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we care just as much about the medicine and the specialized practice of Phlebology (the treatment of vein and lymphatic disease) as we do our patients. We focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and treat patients from 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 even have patients from Alaska to Sienna, Italy and Texas to Connecticut.

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 physician.

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