At VeinInnovations, we understand that many Atlanta-area residents want to try to treat their varicose veins on their own before they visit a vein specialist. After all, these days there’s seemingly a treatment for just about anything available via online retailers, not to mention in the local drug store.

We’re all for making healthy lifestyle changes if you have varicose veins and other symptoms of venous insufficiency. Losing weight, refraining from smoking, getting some low-impact aerobic exercise if your health permits, and not standing or sitting for long periods are all good. We know that there are a lot of other remedies that people try on their own. Let’s discuss some of those.

Do-it-Yourself Varicose Vein Treatments – What’s Wrong with Them?

compression stockings for vein diseaseSome natural supplements that have ingredients like Butcher’s Broom or horse chestnut extract are touted as being able to help with varicose veins because they have been shown to improve circulation and improve the health of blood vessels. Eating foods that are high in potassium (like lentils, broccoli, and bananas) and low in sodium can reduce water retention.

Compression or support stockings are another popular “remedy.” They can be found at your local grocery or drug store. However, prescription compression stockings are more effective. Our Atlanta vein specialists often prescribe them to patients who have just had a vein treatment or as a way of providing some comfort until the treatment can be scheduled or authorized by their insurer. These stockings, however, don’t get rid of varicose veins or provide permanent relief from symptoms of vein disease on their own.

Lotions advertised to improve the appearance of varicose veins have temporary, if any, effect. A topical solution simply cannot repair a circulatory problem.

Why See a Vein Specialist?

If you already have varicose veins or other symptoms of venous disease, these things will likely make little if any difference without proper vein treatment. More importantly, varicose veins can be signs of a potentially serious circulatory issue. Only proper diagnosis by a vein specialist can determine that for certain.

At VeinInnovations, we use the latest in ultrasound imaging to determine the type and extent of vein damage and then recommend the best means of getting rid of varicose veins and treating other vein issues for each individual patient’s situation.

Proper, permanent treatment of varicose veins and venous disease often involves a combination of lifestyle changes and one of the non-invasive or minimally-invasive procedures that we offer. Call us or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient Atlanta-area vein treatment centers to find out how we can help you.