A Word about Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are gnarled, enlarged veins. Any vein may become varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in your legs and feet. That's because standing and walking upright increases the pressure in the veins of your lower body.

For many people, varicose veins and spider veins — a common, mild variation of varicose veins — are simply a cosmetic concern. For other people, varicose veins can cause aching pain and discomfort. Sometimes varicose veins lead to more-serious problems.

Thrombophlebitis -- What to Look for and What to Do

One of the most dangerous venous issues that can affect a person is thrombophlebitis.  This is, put as simply as possible, a blood clot that forms in a damaged or inflamed section of a vein.  Sometimes these blood clots happen to form deep inside the body’s tissues (DVT, or deep vein thrombosis, as this is called can also be a life-threatening situation), but other times they collect themselves in an inflamed section of a vein nearer to the top of the skin.

Here Comes the Fall

Well, that nightly chill in the air can only mean one thing.  Summer is moving its way past us and winter is rounding the bend.  Here in the South, we know that winter is only the briefest respite from the ugly heat and humidity of the summer months (which, at least below the Mason-Dixon Line, can seem to drag on for upwards of even 10 months a year).  However, even while we are enjoying our cooler weather, people suffering from varicose veins need to know a few things about how the winter months may affect their situation.

Circulation

Many people (myself included) have a bad habit.  It can develop early and may never go away without focus.  We think we are just making ourselves a bit more comfortable, when in reality we are causing ourselves quite a bit of undue damage, cutting off circulation, and generally impeding our vascular health.  The bad habit, of course, is simple: we are crossing our legs way, way too much.

Cool Your Jets

Summer is a beast in the South.  The heat can be oppressive.  You always think that you will be used to it this year--it’s always humid and usually hot below the Mason-Dixon, regardless of the month.  Then June rolls around, and the heat index starts to climb higher and higher.  By mid-August, it can be difficult to walk outside, the air is so thick with humidity.  Every movement starts to feel like a trudge.

Varicose Veins & Pregnancy

Varicose veins, those unsightly, bulging, vein inflammations that can show up on any of us at any time, are especially common in pregnant women.  Because of the added blood volume, the weight of an extra human, and the added strain on her muscles, the mom-to-be has an extra difficult hill to climb trying to keep away such blemishes.  Here are a few tips to help stave off the problem:

Fall is Best for Vein Evaluations

As the summer heat fades and we finally start to see some cooler weather, it’s the perfect time to come in for a varicose vein evaluation.

It could take 6-12 weeks for your insurance company to approve treatment, and fall makes it much more comfortable to start wearing long, cozy compression socks—just one of many “conservative therapies” most insurance companies require.

Sclerotherapy

“Sclerotherapy” comes from the Greek words sklerosis (a hardening of tissue) and therapeia (restorative treatment).  The term refers to a treatment for venous disease that involves the injection of a medical agent into the afflicted veins.  The substance hardens the veins and closes it off to be reabsorbed into the body.  

The Facts on Blood

The word “blood” carries a whole host of connotations, having at least ten different usages in modern English.  It can be a noun, adjective or verb, yet all of them call to mind the truest definition, that of our “liquid of life.”  In stories, myths, religious ceremonies since time incalculable blood has been a symbol of the miracle of life.