Sunday 4 December 2022

4 Types of Vein Disorders and How to Treat Them


Vein disorders can have a major impact on an individual’s self-confidence and quality of life.  Fortunately, these conditions are often treatable. Here are four of the most common types of vein disorders, along with information on how they can be treated so you can find relief today.

By Dixie Somers

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins occur when the valves that regulate blood flow in the legs become weakened and fail to do their job properly. This allows blood to accumulate in the veins and cause a bulging effect. Treatments for varicose veins include lifestyle changes, such as wearing compression stockings, avoiding standing for long periods of time, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight. Additionally, endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) is often used to help treat more severe cases.


Spider Veins

Spider veins are small red, purple, or blue vessels that appear most commonly in the legs and face. They arise due to increased pressure in the veins caused by weak valves. Fortunately, there are treatment options to eliminate spider veins, including sclerotherapy and endovenous laser treatment (EVLT). 



Sclerotherapy involves injecting a sclerosant solution, such as saline or hypertonic glycerin, into spider veins. This causes the veins to collapse and eventually fade from view. It is generally used for spider veins less than three millimeters in diameter. EVLT uses laser energy to close spider veins. The heat from the laser causes a scar inside the vein, which blocks off blood flow and helps it disappear. EVLT is a more suitable option for spider veins that are larger than three millimeters in diameter.


Both treatments have a high success rate, but they may need to be repeated one to two times to achieve the desired results. Recovery time after each session is usually anywhere from a few days to one week. Be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations for before and aftercare, such as wearing compression socks, avoiding hot baths, and abstaining from strenuous activities.


Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a circulatory disorder in which a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins, typically located in the legs. It is a potentially dangerous condition that can cause swelling, pain, redness, and tenderness in the affected area. The clot can travel to other parts of the body, such as the lungs or brain, resulting in more serious complications.


Treatment may involve medications that thin the blood, lifestyle changes to reduce risk factors, and other treatments depending on the severity of the case. Surgery may also be necessary if clotting becomes severe and puts a patient at high risk for pulmonary embolism.


Taking preventative measures such as exercising regularly and not sitting for long periods of time can help reduce the risk of DVT. It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms and seek medical attention if any are present. Proper diagnosis and treatment of DVT is essential to prevention of more serious complications.



Phlebitis is a common vein disorder wherein inflammation of the veins occurs. It can be caused by injury, disease, or medical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Symptoms may include swelling, redness, pain, and tenderness along the affected area.


Treatment for phlebitis includes lifestyle changes such as taking warm baths and exercising regularly, as well as wearing tight-fitting clothing and avoiding standing or sitting in the same position for long periods of time. Compression socks may also be prescribed to reduce swelling.


In severe cases, anti-inflammatory medications and antibiotics may be needed. Surgery may be recommended if other treatments are ineffective. With proper treatment, most people with phlebitis can make a full recovery.


Vein disorders are common and can affect anyone regardless of age or gender. It is vital to seek medical attention if any symptoms such as swelling, pain, redness, or tenderness arise so that an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan can be created for your specific condition. With the right care and treatment, most cases can be successfully managed. Talk to your primary care doctor today so you can get the treatment you need.


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