Capitol Vein Blog

Monday, August 19, 2013

Can Creams Cure Spider and Varicose Veins?

Spider veins and varicose veins are easily treated using proven methods, such as sclerotherapy and the Venefit Procedure. Both of these options have been well studied and show dramatic benefit when the proper patients are selected.

However, there are a number of companies that advertise creams in the hopes of convincing the public that a do-it-yourself remedy will work just as well as the medical options. One of my Winchester, Virginia patients purchased a Vitamin K supplement to rid her legs of spider veins. Not surprisingly, after five months of use and several hundred dollars spent, there was no reduction of the veins.

Vein creams advertised online and on television are unproven, ineffective, and quite costly.  Further, Vitamin K deficiency and varicose or spider veins are unrelated. Patients who are truly Vitamin K deficient have medical complications, bleeding tendencies, and bruising. Varicose and spider veins are not a complication or result of this condition.

Also contrary to advertised claims, vein walls are not strengthened or repaired by using an aloe-based lotion either.  It's simply a waste of your time and money. 

For accurate and professional advice on your veins, be sure to seek a qualified vascular specialist at a Maryland, Virginia or West Virginia vein clinic. Those who are diplomates of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine or members of the American Venous Forum would be your best options.


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