Don’t let varicose veins ruin your summer

legsSummer is here and as many people look forward to ditching their jeans for cool shorts and dresses, those with varicose veins are desperate to keep the condition hidden.

If you’re desperate to bare your legs but you’re worried about unsightly veins, there are plenty of treatment options available; with most offering a non-invasive approach.

Minimising the appearance of varicose veins via diet

If you want a quick fix to mild varicose vein issues, an anti-inflammatory diet can help. Eating natural diuretics such as fresh herbs and salad greens can help reduce inflammation and improve blood flow to the veins.

Pooling of the blood, which is a common symptom of the condition, can also be improved with foods such as bananas and other magnesium rich foods.

It is worth pointing out, even though an anti-inflammatory diet can help, it shouldn’t be used as a long-term solution. Varicose veins do need to be treated correctly, otherwise they will worsen over time.

Using essential oils to cover up

As well as an anti-inflammatory diet, various essential oils can also help improve the appearance of varicose veins. Cypress, Lemon, Geranium and Peppermint, are just some of the essential oils known to boost circulation. They can be massaged directly onto the legs, or used in the bath.

Again, this is a very temporary solution and proper treatment should be sought as soon as possible.

Laser surgery

By far one of the best solutions is to opt for endothermal ablation, which is the treatment recommended by N.I.C.E. The procedure uses laser or radiofrequency energy to seal the veins and it provides excellent results.

It is known to be painful for around 5 days afterwards, but painkillers usually work to manage it. The main benefit of this procedure is it is non-invasive and yet it provides the same type of results as some types of surgery.

In summary, it is really important to get your varicose veins properly treated as soon as possible. While they are more of a cosmetic concern, they will get a lot worse over time and potentially develop into serious medical conditions.