Do Varicose Veins Itch?
The Vein Specialists at ProVascularMD explain why varicose veins itch and what you can do about it in this quick review.
Varicose veins are often recognized by their unsightly appearance, but they often bring about other symptoms that cause pain or discomfort in the affected leg. Swelling and cramping are amongst the most common issues associated with varicose veins, but many individuals with vein problems have come to learn that varicose veins can itch as well. Itchy veins can be a minor nuisance or a serious detriment to an individual’s quality of life depending on how severe they are and how persistent the itch is.
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Why Do Varicose Veins Itch?
Are Itchy Veins Serious?
How To Treat Itchy Varicose Veins
- Antihistamines: medications that inhibit the chemical histamine, which causes skin to itch
- Topical Creams: medicated creams that contain corticosteroids or calcineurin inhibitors that reduce inflammation and relieve itching
- Sclerotherapy: a chemical solution called sclerosant is injected into varicose veins, causing them to permanently close
- Thermal Ablation: heat is applied to the inside of the veins using a catheter-based device, causing the veins to close
- VenaSeal: a bio-safe glue is injected into the varicose veins, and pressure is applied from the outside to seal the veins shut
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