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Complications of Varicose viens - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have varicose veins on both legs (age 77) and otherwise am in perfect health with no known diseases, never had serious illness, accident, injury or surgery. Lately I have noticed strange indentations (about 1/2 inch to 3/4) horizontal inch, and about one inch under my knees - sometimes further down. I also sometimes see a small round depression. They are not always there, and seem to appear mostly at night. On rare occasion a larger area is 'indented' near the calf on the back side. Also my legs are a slightly redder color below the knees than above. Is this just an anomaly or is this a known phenomenon. Is the redness connected to the indentations?
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   please give me a min as i read your query
Doctor :   so since when you had varicose veins?
User :   I have had them since I was 26 and at that time had some primitive 'injections' which oftne missed the vein and made large marks so I gave up. The really prominent veins have only been in the last few years. Both grandmother and mother had varicose veins.
Doctor :   i see
Doctor :   the indentations you are mentioning are a complication of varicose veins
Doctor :   did you took any medical treatment for it ?
User :   I am happy to know it isn't some new issue; however do they pose some sort of risk? I was considering 'ablation' surgery but am reluctant because of the high incidence of staff infections. The phlebotomist is the only one. and he is not very friendly - I saw him two years ago - my veins do not hurt but are unsightly.
Doctor :   ok let me advise you few things that will help you
User :   thanks
Doctor :   you need to do the following and i am sure you will see some results
Doctor :   One of the most effective ways of treating varicose veins would be to have a combination of carrot and spinach juice. For this, combine 300 ml of carrot juice and 200 ml of spinach juice
Doctor :   Vitamin E and C are essential for the treatment of varicose vein. please have them in your diet
Doctor :   Applying apple cider vinegar to the varicose veins two times a day i.e. in the morning and evening would prove helpful in treating the problem. This would make the vein shrink back to their original size.
Doctor :   Taking hot Epsom salt bath, two times in a week, will prove effective in treating your condition
User :   I take many vitamin supplements. Vit E among them as well as C. I have tried apple cider vinegar with the'mother' and have seen no results. Perhaps not long enough. However it was oral, and you are suggesting topical?
Doctor :   apple cider apply topically
User :   ok got it. still have some left
Doctor :   massage the affected area with oil.
User :   I see your preference is holistic medicine. That's great.
Doctor :   Avoid having potatoes, starchy foods, condiments, alcohol, coffee, strong tea, white flour products and white sugar
Doctor :   i am sure these methods will be helpful to you
User :   I rarely eat potatoes, i do eat grain breads, no condiments, alcohol, coffee and decaf tea no white flour or white sugar - all organic
Doctor :   thats good
User :   ok so now i have some methods to try and I thank you very much for your time and am glad to know i have no new serious condition,
Doctor :   you are most welcome
User :   goodbye then and have a good life!!
Doctor :   is there anything else i can help you with ?
User :   no thanks so much
Doctor :   take care . bye bye
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