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Monday, September 12, 2011

Best Treatment Options for Spider Veins

Sclerotherapy for spider veins is highly effective and a durable treatment option. Currently used medications include Asclera and Glycerine, which are well-established options to rid the legs of these unsightly small veins. Unfortunately, while these medications are great for tiny veins, the larger veins are usually considered varicose veins and management by other methods is necessary.

Spider veins rarely cause pain, though occasionally itching or burning is described. Varicose veins, on the other hand, often cause aching, throbbing, leg heaviness and restless leg syndrome (RLS). These are caused by valve weakness in the veins beneath the skin surface, and the effects of gravity lead to the symptoms.

Optimal treatment for the varicose veins is usually VNUS Closure and possibly microphlebectomy (both insurance covered procedures), followed by sclerotherapy of the cosmetic spider veins.  Sclerotherapy is done using the tiniest of needles, so pain is not an issue and recovery is immediate. Patience is key, though, as the results after sclerotherapy often take weeks to manifest.

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kewiesterrock said...

Spider rarely causes pain, itching or burning though occasionally described. On the other hand, varicose veins, often causing pain, throbbing, heavy legs and restless leg syndrome. These valves in the veins below the skin surface weakness, is caused by the gravitational effects of the symptoms.

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