Treating spider veins with sclerotherapy

sclerotherapySclerotherapy as a means of vein treatment has been around for a while – both for spider veins and smaller varicose veins.

If you have a phobia about needles be prepared – sclerotherapy involves the injection of a liquid agent into the spider vein using a microscopic needle.

The liquid agent is usually something like saline solution or an anesthetic or surfactant like sodium tetradecyl.

Many vein clinics nowadays also offer foam sclerotherapy where the agent is mixed with foam producing better overall results with less brown staining.
[Read more…]

Varicose vein treatment: the best options

varicose-vein-treatmentRecommendations for your varicose vein treatment will vary depending on how bad they are.

For milder cases – as for spider veins – your vein specialist will probably start with some suggestions for lifestyle changes and practical ways to ease discomfort and stop them getting any worse.

You may be advised to lose weight, exercise more, put your feet up as much as possible, avoid long periods of standing or sitting and wear special compression stockings to support your legs.
[Read more…]

Does your doctor use a VeinViewer?

vein-treatmentIf you are thinking about an in office treatment for your spider veins or varicose veins then you might want to find a clinic with a VeinViewer.

Developed by Luminetx Corporation of Memphis, the VeinViewer was launched commercially in 2006 and has been widely used in hospitals and doctor’s offices with great success ever since.

The VeinViewer is appreciated equally by medical personnel and by patients since it makes the whole process of accessing veins during vein treatments like sclerotherapy easier and much less painful.
[Read more…]

Rosacea treatment: why IPL is best

ipl-treatment-rosaceaRosacea treatment made great advances in the mid 1980’s when lasers were first used for the most severe cases.

Technology has moved on since those early days and newer treatments using light therapy have been developed which overcome the side effects of the early lasers.

Nowadays Intense Pulsed Light or IPL is considered to be the best treatment for rosacea.
[Read more…]

How to get rid of spider veins

how to get rid of spider veinsUnfortunately – some of the causes of spider veins you can’t do much about. Age, gender and genes all play a big part in determining whether you are likely to get leg vein problems. But there’s more to it than that.

The good news is that there are all sorts of other things you can do to help prevent spider veins or to stop them returning once you’ve had vein removal treatment.

So here’s a great practical checklist to help keep you free of spider veins now and in the future:
[Read more…]

How to prevent varicose veins

how to prevent varicose veinsThere are certain risk factors for varicose veins which make it more likely that you may suffer from vein problems at some stage in your life. Unfortunately being a woman is right up there at the top of the list.

Age is another risk factor – over the age of 60 as an American woman you have a 70% chance of suffering from varicose veins and if you have been pregnant more than once and have vein problems in the family the risks are even higher.

If you are wondering how to prevent varicose veins – the answer is to focus on the things you can control rather than worrying about the things you can’t – like your genes or past pregnancies.
[Read more…]

What exactly is a varicose vein?

varicose-veinMore than 7 out of 10 American women will suffer from vein problems before they reach their sixties and yet many of us don’t know what exactly a varicose vein is.

There’s no doubt any kind of visible leg vein can cause misery emotionally – especially when summer comes around and we want to wear shorts, a skirt or a swimsuit.

Too many older women feel compelled to hide their legs in long pants or jeans even when the weather is sweltering and suffer agonies of embarrassment by the pool or on the beach. [Read more…]

Keep your cool: rosacea exercise tips

rosacea exerciseExercising with rosacea can be something of a challenge.

You know it’s important to keep physically active for good health and stress control but getting sweaty, hot and bothered from agressive workouts can trigger a flare up of your rosacea symptoms.

For this reason – some people with rosacea avoid aerobic exercise altogether. You really don’t need to – here’s some great tips to make sure you get the exercise you need AND keep your rosacea under control:
[Read more…]

Rosacea care: 10 steps to self management

rosacea-careIf you suffer from rosacea you may feel you need medical help, prescription medicines or an in-office treatment.

But many sufferers have found that symptoms improve if they manage their own rosacea care – whereas antibiotics and medical intervention can be costly and sometimes make things worse.

Since the condition doesn’t have a cure – whether you seek professional help or not self management is a good place to start.

[Read more…]

Is your facial redness a sign of rosacea?

rosacea symptomsAmazingly – many people who suffer rosacea symptoms don’t even know that they have the condition. Increased skin sensitivity and facial redness is more common in middle age and beyond and too many of us suffer in silence when we should be taking action.

Although there is no cure – when caught early the symptoms of rosacea can be treated much more effectively and early treatment means that long term discomfort and permanent changes to the skin are prevented.

So how do you decide whether your sensitive skin is really facial rosacea? Whilst there is no definite test – you can go a long way to diagnosis by observing whether you get some critical symptoms.
[Read more…]