What you need to know about taking aspirin to help your varicose veins.
As you grow older, you might have noticed the increased appearance of veins in your legs—maybe they started out as blue “spider veins,” maybe you thought that darkening spot was a bruise at first until you realized it wasn’t going away, or maybe your legs seemed to sprout some bumps and lumps overnight.
No matter how you experience them, varicose veins are a common issue for many people. As the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute explains, varicose veins occur as a result of weakened or damaged vein walls. Your veins can become weakened because of things like pregnancy, occupations that require long periods of standing or sitting, obesity, and in some cases, genetics.
When the vein walls are damaged, the valves inside become looser and aren’t able to work as effectively. As a result, blood can pool backwards, causing the veins to bulge or distort and leading to—you guessed it—varicose veins. Many people want to improve their varicose veins, but can taking aspirin really help? Let’s take a closer look.
The Link Between Aspirin and Varicose Veins
You may have heard about taking aspirin to prevent blood clots, but as of now, there are no studies that have concluded that taking aspirin can help reduce the incidence or appearance of varicose veins.
And not only is there no evidence that aspirin can help varicose veins, but taking aspirin without consulting with your doctor could actually be dangerous. Aspirin could make any existing medical conditions you have worse and may be especially dangerous if you undergo treatment for your varicose veins, as it may cause you to bleed more easily.
What Can Help Varicose Veins?
So if aspirin doesn’t help—what will? How you treat varicose veins will vary by how much they affect you, like how much discomfort you are experienced from your veins, if they are interfering with your activities of daily life, or if you have any complications from the veins, such as skin ulcers or sores. In some situations, you may not need any treatment at all for your varicose veins, while others may require significant treatment, like surgery.
Working with your doctor to develop a treatment plan for managing varicose veins can help reduce your discomfort and can include:
- Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight
- Compression therapy
- Vein removal or surgery to close the veins
Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?
In general, varicose veins alone are not dangerous. However, if you have varicose veins, you may have a higher risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can be very dangerous and even life-threatening.
Most DVTs occur in the lower legs, such as the calf area, and symptoms of having a DVT can include redness, swelling, and tenderness. A DVT can become a life-threatening emergency if it breaks off and blocks circulation to the lungs, so be sure to seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath or sudden trouble breathing
- Chest pain
- Coughing up blood
- Feeling like you may faint
Even if your varicose veins aren’t necessarily dangerous on their own, they can still be uncomfortable and interfere with your life and daily activities. If your varicose veins are bothering you, be sure to speak to your doctor about a plan for exploring all of your options to manage them and relieve any discomfort you may be experiencing.
If you have questions about vein disease and how to treat it, feel free to contact us at Palm Vein Center.
Talk to our team to learn more about the best conservative and interventional treatment options for your vein condition.
The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
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