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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Why Are My Leg Varicose Veins Hurting ?

Patients wonder why their varicose veins are somewhat less bothersome during the cooler winter months than in the spring, summer and fall. To answer that question, it's helpful to understand the underlying cause of the problem. Varicose veins are caused by backpressure in venous system, due to weakness in both the vein wall and small valves inside the veins. The backpressure causes surface veins to bulge, throb and ache, and can cause leg swelling and even restless leg syndrome (RLS). Blood clots are also a potential risk with varicose veins, as the normal vein flow is altered.

Warm weather causes further enlargement of the veins and, with that, comes more prominent symptoms. Colder weather leads to vein contraction and some reduction in the ache and throbbing, though the restless legs and risk of clot may remain unchanged.

Fortunately, VNUS Closure is the ideal treatment option for patients with saphenous vein reflux, the usual cause of lower leg varicose veins. This is often an insurance-covered procedure, as the health risks of varicose veins are well known.

Once the varicose veins are addressed, sclerotherapy is an ideal treatment for residual spider veins. Usually several treatments will eradicate those tiny but unsightly small blue and purple veins with no downtime or pain.

Please see Capitol Vein & Laser's website for further information on the above treatments. Free screening evaluations are available at any of our four sites in Frederick, MD; Bethesda, MD; Leesburg, VA or Charles Town, WV.

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