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How can sclerotherapy help in treating varicose and spider veins?

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Sclerotherapy is most often used for smaller varicose veins and spider veins. This procedure can eliminate the pain and discomfort of varicose veins and prevent complications, such as ulcers or vein bleeding. It may also be used simply to improve appearance.

With sclerotherapy, doctors inject a liquid chemical directly into a varicose vein to close it off. The chemical irritates and scars the inside of the vein, making it collapse. Over the course of six months, the vein disappears.

From: Varicose and Spider Veins WebMD Medical Reference

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National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Are Varicose Veins?” Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose and Spider Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “Vein Problems Related to Varicose Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Can Varicose Veins Be Prevented?”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Are Varicose Veins Treated?”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Varicose Veins: What You Need to Know”

Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose Veins”

FDA: “FDA Approves Asclera to Treat Small Varicose Veins”

RadiologyInfo.org: “Varicose Vein Treatment (Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins)”

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: “Ambulatory Phlebectomy Information”

Cleveland Clinic: “Vein Ligation and Stripping”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 18, 2017

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Are Varicose Veins?” Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose and Spider Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “Vein Problems Related to Varicose Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Can Varicose Veins Be Prevented?”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Are Varicose Veins Treated?”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Varicose Veins: What You Need to Know”

Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose Veins”

FDA: “FDA Approves Asclera to Treat Small Varicose Veins”

RadiologyInfo.org: “Varicose Vein Treatment (Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins)”

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: “Ambulatory Phlebectomy Information”

Cleveland Clinic: “Vein Ligation and Stripping”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 18, 2017

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