Could Your Job Be Increasing Your Varicose Veins Risk?

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    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…

How Are Varicose Veins Are Different To Normal Veins?

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  Often when people have varicose veins, the thing they are most worried about is their appearance. The real concern, as most doctors know, is 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.   You…

Varicose Veins and Long-Haul Travel – Know the Risks

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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 seats are…

Can Leg Pain Be Caused By Varicose Veins?

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Many patients come to see us at The Vein Institute complaining about chronic leg pain. Upon examination, we often find that their legs are covered with varicose veins. But when we ask, “Have you ever considered the possibility that varicose veins may be the cause of your leg pain?” the answers is always the same:…

How VenaSeal Treatment for Varicose Veins Works

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Are you suffering from varicose veins and looking for non-intrusive treatment options, which don’t require surgery? VenaSeal may be an option for you.   What Is VenaSeal Treatment? VenaSeal is one of the newer and most advanced methods for treating varicose veins. It is a minimally invasive procedure that introduces a special type of super…

5 Things You Need To Know Before You Have Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins

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Laser for varicose veins doesn’t refer to skin laser treatments but rather what is known as “endovenous”. This simply means that doctors actually insert a laser tip into your vein. It won’t hurt as it’ll be done under a local anaesthetic. The procedure is performed if you require your varicose veins to be treated and…

Varicose Eczema And Relief For Itchy Veins

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In previous posts, we discussed common symptoms of varicose veins – from pain and heaviness, to swelling and discolouration. However, one lesser-known side-effect to vein disease is itchiness. Patients often complain of the skin around the damaged vein feels irritated and itchy. This due to a condition called Varicose Eczema, or Stasis Dermatitis.   How…

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Treating Your Veins

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You may be concerned about the way your varicose veins look. But whether they are purple, swollen or lumpy, one thing is for certain: they could be affecting your circulation and causing your body harm. Despite your veins making you feel self-conscious, the important thing is that you treat varicose veins correctly. Treatment may reduce…

What’s the Difference Between Endovenous Laser Ablation and Radiofrequency Ablation?

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Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) and Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), are very similar procedures that use heat to treat varicose veins. Both procedures are performed in a clinic, have high success rates and require no recovery time typically. The treatments are usually completed within one hour, are not considered invasive or painful, and no general anaesthetic is…

Lymphedema and Chronic Venous Insufficiency

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How is Lymphedema and Chronic Venous Insufficiency Connected? Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a condition in the legs that occurs when the valves are not working properly, and can cause swelling and pigmentation. Because these valves are not working properly, it makes it difficult for the blood to return to the heart, therefore the blood…

Do I Need to Wear Compression Stockings After My Vein Procedure?

Do I Need to Wear Compression Stockings After My Vein Procedure?

Do I Need to Wear Compression Stockings After Varicose Vein Treatment? Compression stockings are often used as part of a conservative treatment plan for varicose veins. They improve circulation, reduce fatigue, and ease swelling in the feet and ankles. Although compression stockings help control the symptoms associated with varicose veins, they won’t make diseased veins…

Why Winter is the Best Time to Treat Varicose Veins?

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Many sufferers of varicose veins will refrain from wearing shorts or clothes that expose their legs, embarrassed by the appearance of their bulging veins. All too often we hear from patients who have been putting off treatment assuming that surgery is the only option. This couldn’t be further than the truth. At The Vein Institute,…

Compression Stockings: How they can help varicose vein pain

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Compression garments have a variety of benefits and can be effective for managing the pain and discomfort associated with vein disease. If you’re not quite ready for varicose vein surgery, or you are looking for help in varicose vein prevention. Then here is some information about compression stockings and how they can help varicose vein…

Why are Varicose Veins Primarily Found in the Legs?

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  So Why Are Varicose Veins found in the Legs? There are a few reasons that varicose veins are found in the legs. Firstly, it is all about gravity. According to MyDr. – “Veins have the job of taking blood back to the heart. Blood moves from the superficial veins (found just under the skin)…

Are Your Veins Trying To Tell You Something?

Are Your Veins Trying To Tell You Something?

Our veins are an integral part of our circulation system, acting as a roadway which drives de-oxygenated blood back to our hearts.   When young, we may only be able to see our veins through the paper-thin skin on the insides of our wrists and elbows. But as we age, we may be able to…

Everything you Need to Know About Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Varicose Veins

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What is Deep Vein Thrombosis and is it Serious? DVT is a condition that involves blood clots (thrombi) in the deep veins of the legs. When blood clots develop in the deeper veins it can be serious and require medical attention. The obstruction caused to venous blood flow by these deeper clots, or thrombi, is…

3 Reasons Varicose Veins Can Return

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If you have been thinking about treating your varicose veins, you may have heard that they can’t be cured or that some treatments have a high recurrence rate. While this is somewhat true, there are a number of reasons why your damaged vein may return so we have pulled together a few tips that might…

Varicose Veins Treatment – Does it Hurt?

Varicose Veins Treatment – Does it Hurt?

Many people avoid having varicose veins treated as they believe the procedure can be invasive and painful. This is a myth. Technology has improved dramatically over the years, which provides patients with a variety of treatment options that are considered to be practically painless. The different treatment options and any pain associated with them below.…

Tips for Nurses – What You Can Do to Help Prevent Varicose Veins

Tips for Nurses – What You Can Do to Help Prevent Varicose Veins

If you are a working nurse, you may have concerns about developing varicose veins. For many reasons, these fears are justified. Two of the biggest risk factors that determine one’s likelihood of developing vein diseases like varicose and spider veins are gender and lifestyle. Due to hormones, women develop varicose veins more often than men.…

4 Common Questions About Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

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1) How common are varicose veins during pregnancy? If you don’t have varicose veins before you’re pregnant, the good news is that you’re less likely to develop them. Two out of three women (60 to 70% ) go through their pregnancies and give birth without the appearance of varicose veins. The bad news is that…

5 Things Every Man Should Know About His Veins

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When it comes to varicose veins, women are targeted as the main sufferers who seek both surgical and non-surgical procedures. Awareness campaigns often neglect the fact that men have more serious forms of varicose veins disease even if the incidence of varicose veins is less in men than it is in women. What Men Need…

Is Superglue as Effective as Surgery when Treating Varicose Veins?

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A special type of superglue for varicose veins can be as effective as surgery for your veins. VenaSealTM represents the next generation in varicose vein treatment and permanently seals varicose veins shut permanently. Like most modern vein procedures such as sclerotherapy and endovenous laser ablation, the goal of VenaSeal is to seal the varicose vein shut.…

Pregnancy: Are Varicose Veins Part of the Deal?

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Around 40% of women will experience varicose veins during their pregnancy. We’ll explain why, and what you can do about varicose veins before, during, and after your pregnancy. Here are five key points: 01. Yes, you are more likely to get varicose veins while pregnant   Changes in hormone levels are one of the most…

When Varicose Veins Become Dangerous?

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Varicose veins and spider veins are unsightly and a nuisance, but at what point do they become a danger to your health? In this article we’ll explain the stages of progression of chronic venous disease, and why the earlier the treatment, the better. Those annoying varicose veins are the result of a gradual weakening of…