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Relief from Itchy Varicose Veins: Causes and Home Remedies

Causes of Varicose Veins:

Varicose veins are swollen and twisted blood vessels that bulge under the surface of the skin. They usually appear in the legs, feet and ankles.

Varicose veins occur because of the weakening of the walls of your veins. As blood pressure in your vein grows, the weakened walls allow your vein to increase in size. Valves in the veins keep blood moving in one direction. When the veins get bigger the valves cannot work like they should. The blood backs up in your vein which causes it to swell, bulge and twist.

Vein walls and valves can become weak for several reasons, including:

  • Hormones.
  • The aging process.
  • Excess weight.
  • Restrictive clothing.
  • Pressure inside the vein due to lack of movement.

Home Remedies of Varicose Veins:

Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes to relieve you of your symptoms or to prevent your varicose veins from worsening. These may include:


Regular exercise encourages more blood circulation in the legs, which pushes along the blood that has collected in the veins. It also lowers a person’s blood pressure, which is another contributing factor to varicose veins.

Low-impact exercises are preferable because they do not cause excessive strain to the calf muscles. Effective, low-impact exercises include:

  • swimming
  • walking
  • cycling
  • yoga

Dietary changes:

Water retention can increase the likelihood of developing varicose veins. 

Salty or sodium-rich foods can help the body retain water, so reducing salty food can minimize water retention. Foods high in potassium can also help to decrease water retention.

Foods that are high in potassium include:

  • almonds and pistachio nuts
  • lentils and white beans
  • potatoes
  • leafy vegetables
  • some fish, such as salmon and tuna
  • Non-restrictive clothing:

Tight clothes can restrict blood flow. Circulation can be improved by wearing loose-fitting clothes that do not restrict the blood supply to the lower body.

Be mobile:

Standing or sitting for long time periods causes the blood circulation to slow down. If you have to sit for long periods of time for work, then you should get up and move around frequently to keep the blood flowing smoothly.

Medical Treatments for Varicose Veins:

If home remedies do not cure you of varicose veins, then your doctor will suggest medical treatment for you. There are several medical treatments for varicose veins:

  • Endothermal ablation:

In this procedure heat is used to seal the affected veins.

  • Ambulatory phlebectomy:

A doctor will puncture the skin and remove the varicose veins through small incisions. Scarring is usually not prominent.

  • Laser surgeries:

Intense bursts of light are directed onto the vein, making it gradually fade and disappear.

  • Endoscopic vein surgery:

During this surgery, a small video camera is inserted into the leg and removal of the veins then takes place through small slits.

If you want a medical treatment for your varicose veins come to the Chennai Laser Clinic. We have a reputation for providing effective medical treatments of varicose veins.