Ten Basic "No's" for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are a pathology that requires constant monitoring and adherence to medical advice. If all the triggers are not ruled out, the symptoms of the disease (increase in the lumen of blood vessels, thinning of the walls, blockage) will progress.

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What is not possible with varicose veins is one of the main questions of concern to the patient. Failure to comply with the basic restrictions may reduce the effectiveness of therapy.

Ten Basic "No's" for Varicose Veins

  1. You can't trust ointments and pills. There are no miracle ointments or magic pills for varicose veins. There are drugs that facilitate blood flow, there are substances that strengthen the vascular wall, but these are all temporary substances that can be used in addition to the main treatment. They alleviate the condition: with the help of drugs, swelling and pain can be eliminated, but the condition of the arteries can not be normalized.
  2. You can't cure yourself. Varicose veins are not a pathology that can heal on its own or disappear on its own. The problem will not "pass", so if you have symptoms of varicose veins, you should consult a doctor.
  3. You can't treat yourself with leprosy. There is a strong belief that varicose veins can be treated with leech. We do not recommend you try this method. Seek the advice of at least one specialist, in this case a phlebologist. Yes, leeches secrete substances that reduce blood clotting. It facilitates blood flow, but does not affect varicose veins. Leech secretion does not strengthen the venous wall and does not normalize the condition of blood vessels.
  4. The compression uniform should not be worn from time to time. The main requirement for a patient with varicose veins is to wear compression stockings. Helps to normalize blood circulation, and if you receive treatment (for example, sclerotherapy), then compression stockings help to better recover. Socks or tights must be worn in the mode recommended by your doctor: if you do this from time to time, the therapeutic effect will be in vain. Of course, it is difficult to wear a uniform and it is uncomfortable to walk inside in the hot season, but all these points can be discussed with a phlebologist and the most suitable option can be found.
  5. If an operation is recommended to you, you cannot postpone it. . Doctors note that varicose veins never go away on their own, and over time, the condition of the veins worsens. For this reason, if a phlebologist recommends that you have surgery now, you should not delay.
  6. Massage for varicose veins does not improve the condition, moreover, massage for varicose veins is not indicated and can adversely affect the legs. Especially massaging by force, rubbing, squeezing the legs. Although many patients report feeling comfortable after the massage, this may be due to a reduction in swelling after the procedure. However, in the long run, massage can adversely affect the health of the arteries. Especially if these are specific types of massage, such as honey, pot, vacuum, cellulite.
  7. It is also not recommended to go to the bathroom. Yes, a contrast shower with varicose veins is indicated - the temperature difference "teaches" the vessel wall. However, in general, the temperature contrast that occurs in the bath is very large and can adversely affect the arteries. Therefore, if varicose veins are diagnosed, it is better to forget about the steam room. Or postpone it until vascular problems are resolved. Diagnosis of varicose veins does not mean the end of a healthy life. However, it is a well-studied chronic disease. Serious vascular surgeries performed decades ago are a thing of the past: minimally invasive interventions that have little effect on blood vessels are emerging today. And then follow the preventive measures.
  8. What foods should not be used for varicose veins:
    • Sweet and flour.This is due to limited intake, not the complete elimination of them from the diet. Excessive consumption of sweets, cakes can lead to obesity and, consequently, increase the load on the arteries of the legs.
    • Animal fats.The intake of butter and fried meat dishes is limited. Cholesterol in these products causes undesirable changes in the vascular bed.
    • Salty, spicy food.The use of products from this category causes water retention and edema in the body. This, in turn, increases the load on the vascular bed, which is completely not allowed with varicose veins in the legs.
    • Alcohol.Contrary to many people's beliefs about the beneficial effects of alcohol on blood vessels, it should not be taken with severe varicose veins. Consumption of an alcoholic beverage causes a short-term dilation, followed by a long-term vasospasm. The thin walls of varicose veins can not cope with this load: the veins are damaged and begin to bleed. In addition, it is recommended not to drink alcohol due to the increased risk of blood clots.
    • Coffee.Drinking weakens intestinal motility and can cause constipation, which is highly undesirable for varicose veins (hemorrhoids) of the rectum. If it is very difficult to give up coffee, the intake is limited to 2 cups a day.
    • Turkey.This plant is actively used as a harmless coffee substitute. However, not all patients with varicose veins know that it is impossible to drink not only coffee, but also chicory. Drinking a drink from this plant causes blood thinning, dilation of already thinned blood vessels and increased wall permeability. This greatly increases the risk of bleeding from the affected arteries. For this reason, it is not recommended to drink large amounts of chicory with varicose veins.
    • Celery.Although the plant is included in the list of dietary products, its use for venous pathology is undesirable. The answer is why celery cannot be used with varicose veins, it affects blood vessels like chicory.
  9. Not all physical exercises are indicated for venous lesions. To understand what kind of sport it is impossible and even dangerous to do with varicose veins, you need to pay attention to the presence of force or shock loads inside.

    Among those banned:

    • Weight lifting;
    • running - running, marathon;
    • football, volleyball - is allowed at the initial stage, but is subject to wrapping the lower extremities.

    Lifting weights with a large weight in a standing position is contraindicated not only for varicose veins of the lower extremities, but also for lesions of the rectal vessels. Strength training can lead to prolapse and subsequent hemorrhoids. In such cases, emergency surgery may be required.

    What exercises can not be done with varicose veins of the legs:

    • squat;
    • jump (especially on a skipping rope);
    • platform classes (step aerobics).
  10. You cannot take hormonal medications without a doctor's prescription

    This is especially true for women who use oral contraceptives. Some contraceptives are hormonal. Their use causes the blood to thicken and therefore poses an additional risk of thrombosis. Hormonal contraceptives should only be taken after prior consultation with your doctor.