Best Ways to Test and Treat Varicose Veins

Best Ways to Test and Treat Varicose VeinsVaricose veins are rather easy to spot. They are swollen and twisted veins that are discolored and appear on the skin, ultimately wrapping around the leg in a rather unattractive matter. But once you spot varicose veins, what do you do?

This is one of the most common forms of venous disease, and while easy to diagnose their treatment options aren’t always so readily understood. Once varicose veins develop, eliminating them becomes challenging. Most often, getting rid of varicose veins requires a combination of healthy dietary habits and the best medical therapies.

Examining and Testing for Varicose Veins

Large swollen leg veins that may appear dark purple or blue are a common problem for older people.  In fact, about half of us will develop varicose veins after age 50.  Symptomatic or excessively large varicose veins require medical treatment to prevent them from becoming worse or developing more serious complications.

Selecting the most appropriate treatment for varicose veins usually requires some kind of diagnostic testing to learn the extent and seriousness of the internal damage.

The most frequently used diagnostic tests are:

  • Physical examination: Because varicose veins are visible through the skin, a vein specialist can diagnose and evaluate the severity of varicose veins simply by looking at then and palpating or feeling them.
  • Duplex Doppler Ultrasound: This is the most widely used noninvasive test. This can help your doctor determine the blood flow within the leg and shows areas of reversed flow or reflux where valves are not functioning properly.

An accurate diagnosis of the extent and seriousness of your varicose veins can help you and your doctor decide whether treatment is necessary and, if it is, which one will be most effective.

Once diagnosed, your vein specialist may recommend a combination of laser vein therapy, compression stockings and other vein removal options to help reduce the appearance of varicose veins on your legs.

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