Vein disease is a broad term that generally refers to poor blood flow in people’s legs that can lead to pain, swelling, cramps and varicose veins among other symptoms. The condition occurs when veins in a person’s legs don’t allow blood to flow back to the heart. While the condition is not life threatening, it is uncomfortable for patients. Vein disease treatment can include:
• Methods for improving blood flow in leg veins such as keeping legs raised when sitting to reduce swelling and improve blood flow.
• Medicines that increase blood flow through the vessels can be used in conjunction with compression therapy to help heal leg ulcers. Aspirin is also sometimes used to help heal leg ulcers.
• Sclerotherpy is used in more serious cases. This involves injecting a chemical into an affected vein that cause it to scar so that it no longer carries blood. Blood is redirected back to the heart through other, healthier veins and the body reabsorbs the veins scarred by the chemical.