Varicose veins and vein disease is sometimes seen as a women's issue. However, many men will be affected by vein disease over the course of their lifetimes. If you have been suffering from enlarged veins, here are some tips for getting them treated.
1. Exercise and Elevate Your Legs
First, you are going to want to make sure that you exercise regularly, even if it's just walking around the block. By exercising, you increase the overall blood flow through the legs and decrease the chances that the veins are going to become full of blood and cause you pain. If you work in an office, consider getting a special chair that will allow you to elevate your legs even a little bit in order to take your weight off of them. This can help keep the blood from pooling while you are at work. If you don't want to talk about how you have varicose veins, then simply give the excuse that you hurt your ankle or legs while you were playing basketball or some other sport and are trying to get back on the field as soon as possible.
2. Use Radio Waves
This treatment is suitable for both men and women but is especially effective in getting rid of a varicose vein. In order to get rid of the vein, a catheter is inserted into the top of the vein, near the groin level. Then, radio waves are projected directly into the vein. These radio waves shrink the collagen of the veins that could be causing the blood to pool and causes the entire vein to collapse. When a vein collapses, the body reabsorbs it, essentially removing the vein from your body. It can take a few weeks after this procedure for the vein to entirely go away, and you might suffer some bruising, but this procedure is largely painless due to the anesthetic injected ahead of time.
3. Wear Supportive Socks
Finally, if you are suffering from varicose veins or have undergone a procedure, you are going to need to wear supportive socks while you are awake in order to decrease your pain or the chances that the vein will return. If you are uncomfortable wearing support hose that are usually meant for women, go to a specialty store or online to find socks that are designed to look like normal men's sports socks. This will help you mask the fact that you have varicose veins if you are uncomfortable with that fact.
For more information, contact Carolina Vein Institute or a similar location.