If you happen to be a varicose vein sufferer, no doubt you will be keen to find out if there are any useful non-surgical, non invasive ways of treating the condition, and using a varicose vein lotion is a good place to start. This is especially true if you currently have only minor problems. While not an out and out cure for the condition, many of the creams and lotions on the market can be an excellent accompaniment to treatments such as sclerotherapy and Endovenous Laser treatment, because they often contain some powerful ingredients that have been clinically proven to improve both the appearance of, and the sometimes distressing symptoms of varicose veins.
As spider veins and varicose veins are similar conditions, these lotions can provide an effective weapon against reappearance after another type of treatment. However it does need to be noted that topical treatments like creams and lotions tend to have a slower, more cumulative effect so they will need to be applied over a period of time before positive effects become visible. It is recommended that if your veins are having a negative impact on your mobility or you are experiencing skin problems due to poor circulation, it is advisable to consult a doctor. It could mean that, because the condition is at that stage, surgical intervention may be a better option.
If you are interested in trying a varicose vein lotion type of treatment, it is worth looking out for a number of ingredients that have strong evidence to support their effectiveness. Witch Hazel is a prime example. This powerful astringent can be applied to the affected area to counter swelling and prominence of varicose veins, and because the active ingredient is delivered in lotion form, this can attenuate this extracts tendency to act as a skin irritant in sensitive users.
Extract of Horse Chestnut, which can either be taken as a dietary supplement or delivered in a cream or lotion can be a very potent way of treating varicose veins as the active ingredient blocks the enzymes that cause the venous walls to break down, thus preserving their integrity, as well as helping to reduce the conditions associated pain. It is best to ensure that you use this treatment lotion exactly as instructed as Horse Chestnut can be toxic if too much of it is ingested, and this may not be suitable for candidates who are already taking Warfarin and Aspirin to thin the blood.
Most commonly used as a treatment for bruises and strains, Arnica is also a very effective ingredient to look out for when researching and purchasing varicose vein lotions. Because the active ingredient in Arnica causes the capillaries near the surface of the skin to dilate, it promotes more rapid healing than would occur normally, and the same healing effect can be seen when treating varicose veins as it acts as an anti inflammatory and the vasodilation action makes it easier for damaged cells to be carried away from the affected area, as well as being effective in improving the circulation in the area where the lotion is rubbed in.