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Exercise and stretching can help reduce pain from varicose veins

Exercise and varicose veins: here’s what you need to know

Vein doctors are often asked by their patients about exercise – can exercise help reduce, or cure, varicose veins? Or does exercise make varicose veins even worse?  If you already suffer from varicose veins then there are exercises which may ease your symptoms, however unfortunately exercise alone cannot cure varicose veins. For those looking for…


Simple Varicose Veins Laser Treatment vs Endovenous Laser Treatment

Laser treatment uses an extremely focussed beam of energy which is applied to tissue to achieve a desirable outcome on your skin or vein. It’s extremely important to understand that laser’s used in vein treatments are very different in their use. Simple lasers are used to treat spider veins on the surface of your leg,…

Phlebologist Vs Vein Specialist Vs Vascular Surgeon

Phlebologist Vs Vein Specialist Vs Vascular Surgeon

Different doctors in Australia can treat your veins but they don’t all have the same experience, qualifications or capability. When having your veins treated it’s important to know the following: Specialty of the doctor, Level of training in the particular procedure The number of procedures they’ve performed Their outcomes after performing the procedure Venous treatments…

Everything You Need To Know About Phlebitis

Everything You Need To Know About Phlebitis

What is Phlebitis? Phlebitis, a serious venous inflammation, is caused when the blood vessel walls are damaged. This damage can be caused by injury, trauma or infection to your veins. Unlike varicose veins, which occur in your legs, phlebitis can occur in your arms also. The condition can cause pain and irritation, as it prevents…

Can Essential Oils Treat Your Varicose Veins?

Can Essential Oils Treat Your Varicose Veins?

Can Essential Oils Treat Varicose Veins? Those who suffer from the discomfort of varicose veins have no doubt looked for an alternative treatment to surgery. A popular choice to ease the symptoms are essential oils, but do they treat varicose veins?  The underlying cause of varicose veins are faulty valves, which fail to push the blood…


Varicose Vein Surgery

Surgery and Varicose Veins? If you have varicose veins, you’ve likely heard about stripping, the traditional method of surgery to remove varicose veins. Stripping, for a long time, was considered the most effective way to remove varicose veins, despite the recovery time required. The procedure has been performed for over a century, but has continuously…

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Spider Veins vs. Varicose Veins – Recognizing the Difference

While spider veins and varicose veins have some similarities, they also have some distinct differences. They can both make people feel self conscious and prevent you from looking your best. But there are also some important differences between the two conditions that you should be aware of. Differences Varicose Veins Large 4-5 mm in diameter…

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7 Common myths about varicose vein causes

Are you concerned about varicose veins? Have you heard conflicting advice? There is a lot of different information available and understandably, it can all get a bit confusing. Considering that varicose veins will affect an estimated 20% of all adults at some point in their lives, its time to put some of the misconceptions to…

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Does wearing high heels cause varicose veins?

High heels – friend or foe? Does wearing high heels day in and day out increase the risk of forming varicose veins?   Its no secret that high heels are a fashion accessory adored by many, but have you ever wondered if there are any side affects to wearing them? Unfortunately, there is. They can…

Hairdressers fixing their clients' hair which shows they are at risk of developing varicose veins due to always standing and it can be treated at The Vein Institute.

Could Your Job Be Increasing Your Varicose Veins Risk?

    There are many factors can increase your risk for varicose veins. The most important of these are heredity (having a family history of vein disease), age (being over 50), gender (women are more at risk than men), pregnancy, and being overweight. But did you know that one of the things that can greatly…

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How Are Varicose Veins Are Different To Normal Veins?

  Often times when people have varicose veins, the thing they are most worried about is their appearance. The real concern, as most doctors know, is actually the health issues that can occur. If left untreated, varicose veins will not only continue to be unsightly and painful, but may also develop into a medical risk.…

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Varicose Veins and Long-Haul Travel – Know the Risks

Australians love to travel, in 2018 alone over 10.5 million intrepid travellers left our shores to explore the globe.  And given the long distances that separate Australia from other countries, most of these travellers face long haul travel times, during which they will be sitting immobile in possibly cramped seats.       Today’s smaller…

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