Should Spider Veins be Treated Before Varicose Veins?

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Spider veins and varicose veins are two of the most common venous disorders to impact Australians. For a large number, only one type will ever develop. But for those who suffer from both, treatment can be daunting. With cosmetic injections so seemingly easy, should spider veins be treated before varicose veins? We want to shed…

Are Varicose Vein Treatments Covered by Medicare?

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Varicose veins are the result of a medical condition called Chronic Venous Insufficiency, or CVI. The impacted veins are swollen, twisted and are blue or purple in appearance. It’s an extremely common issue – around 30% of Australians will develop varicose veins, and thanks to modern technology, there are several treatment options available. But with…

Why Do Varicose Veins Form?

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The primary symptom of varicose veins is easy to identify – highly visible, swollen veins which can cause skin discoloration. But what causes varicose veins to form? Why do some people get them, and others don’t? There are a range of contributing reasons why varicose veins will develop, let’s look at the most common. How…

The Quick, Minimally Invasive Way to Treat Varicose Veins (HerCanberra.com.au)

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Original article was written by Jil Hogan, for HerCanberra.com.au. There are always those moments from when you’re young that stick in your mind for one reason or another. Amongst far more pleasant ones, one thing I’ll never forget was someone telling me about a relative who was getting a varicose vein removed. The procedure involved…

5 Ways to Promote Healthy Veins and Blood Circulation

5 Ways to Promote Healthy Veins and Blood Circulation

Vein disease doesn’t happen in isolation. There are a number of lifestyle factors that can contribute to having poor blood circulation and the risk of developing varicose veins. If you’ve been diagnosed with venous insufficiency or another circulatory issue, below are five ways you can promote healthy veins and blood circulation to prevent the development…

Working From Home During COVID-19? Tips on Staying Healthy and Active

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With the spread of COVID-19 affecting everything from international travel to the availability of hand sanitizer, thousands of Australians are now working from home, or self-isolating, and adjusting to a lot more time away from a traditional workspace. Although the couch or coffee table can feel comfortable at first, not having an ergonomic workspace can…

Does Crossing Your Legs Cause Varicose Veins?

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Varicose veins are known for their swollen, bulging appearance, and they affect 1 in 3 Australians. Even though they are extremely common it is not always clear how, or why, they develop. And while there are some health and lifestyle factors which can be directly linked to varicose veins, there are also some myths. Does…

Varicose Veins in Feet and Ankles

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Although varicose veins are most commonly associated with legs and calves, the underlying cause of the condition – venous insufficiency – can affect your feet and ankles as well. It’s a common issue experienced by thousands of people, and it manifests as twisted, swollen veins in the lower extremities. Varicose veins (and spider veins –…

Preventing Varicose Veins On Long Haul Travel

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If you’re at risk of developing varicose veins – whether it’s due to your family history or other factors – some good medical advice doctors can give you is to avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. But what if you have no choice in the matter? Perhaps you travel long distances for work,…

Non-Medical Options for Managing Varicose Veins

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Approximately 20 percent of the adult population will develop varicose veins. And often patients tell us they are looking for non-medical options. Either because they are not ready for medical treatment. Or a doctor has advised that their varicose veins are not causing immediate concern, therefore medical treatment can be delayed. However, this doesn’t mean…

Vulvar Varicosities: How to Manage Varicose Veins of the Vulva

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Pregnant women don’t often speak about vulvar varicosities, or vulva varicose veins. But they should. It is estimated that between 4 percent and 10 percent of women will develop vulvar varicose veins during pregnancy, although the actual figure is most likely to be much higher with many women not developing any symptoms, or being too…

Varicose Vein Symptoms

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Although knowing the exact cause of your varicose veins can be difficult to pinpoint, many of the symptoms will cause significant discomfort and are therefore much easier to identify. If you are experiencing any aching, heaviness or swelling in your legs – there is a chance your symptoms are due to varicose veins. First, what…

Varicose Veins in Pregnancy: Tips for Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment

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Varicose veins during pregnancy are quite common. In fact, up to half of pregnant women will get varicose veins and they tend to intensify with each subsequent pregnancy. The condition is often hereditary — if your mother or father had them it’s possible you may experience them too. The prevalence of varicose veins in pregnancy…

Can Varicose Veins Come Back After Treatment?

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The chances of your varicose veins coming back after treatment depends on the type of treatment you had. For example, endovenous ablation is proven to be excellent at treating varicose veins, with very successful long term results. The likelihood of veins coming back from the vein that has been treated is very low, between 2…

Do Men Suffer From Varicose Veins?

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Men’s Leg Health: almost 30 percent of Australian men suffer from varicose veins. Often when young men think of varicose veins, they think of their Mum or Grandma. And with pregnancy, the contraceptive pill and menopause high among the possible causes, it’s easy to see why there is a misconception that varicose veins only effect…

Damaged Vein Valves and How They Impact Your Health

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When your vein valves are functioning properly you don’t even know they’re there. But when they are damaged, a condition called Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) can occur. If you’ve ever wondered what causes varicose veins, it’s most likely due to CVI, a type of vein disorder where the vein valves in your legs become damaged,…

Exercise and Varicose Veins: Here’s What you Need to Know

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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…

Treating Spider Veins Vs Treating Varicose Veins

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Treatment of veins has advanced over the last decade, the treatments offered by Australia’s leading vein specialists are using a laser to treat both spider veins and varicose veins. So how are each of the laser treatments different? There are a few types of laser treatments your vein specialist will recommend, depending on the type…

Difference Between a Phlebologist, Vein Specialist and Vascular Surgeon

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When seeking any medical treatment, it is important to know your doctor is qualified. As there are a few types of doctors in Australia who treat varicose veins, it’s therefore important to understand their experience, qualifications and capability. A starting point might be to look at: Specialty of the doctor, Level of training in the…

What is Phlebitis?

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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 proper circulation. Varicose…

Can Essential Oils Treat Varicose Veins?

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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 is faulty valves, which fail to push the blood from your legs to your heart…

Is Surgery the Only Option for Varicose Veins?

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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 developed with the advancements…

Spider Veins vs. Varicose Veins – Recognizing the Difference

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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…

7 Common Myths About Varicose Vein Causes

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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…