If you’ve suffered with varicose veins for a long time, you’ll be familiar with the swelling, the itchiness and the pain. In truth, the best action to take is to make an appointment to see a vein specialist about having them treated and avoid developing complications. But what can you do right now?

Apart from generally encouraging healthy habits (eating right, exercising, elevating your legs after a long day standing, etc), we recommend wearing compression stockings during the day as a worthwhile measure. Varicose veins appear when the one-way valves in your veins fail and allow blood to leak backward. It’s the pooling of blood because of this valve failure that causes the squiggly, bulging blue veins to pop out. When you wear compression stockings your veins are supported and enable the blood to flow more effectively. (Bonus: It also helps to keep swelling down and reduces the achiness in your legs from a day on your feet.)

Keep in mind that wearing compression stockings or compression tights is a short-term measure. As soon as you take them off, your varicose veins will again start aching and swelling again.

You will need to get treatment

Left untreated, varicose veins do not right themselves. And none of the popular home remedies will cure your vein woes, in fact, most of them don’t even treat the symptoms. You will need to have your veins treated by a Phlebologist at some point, because without it they will only worsen.

Give it a try

But for short-term relief from aching, swollen legs from varicose veins (an especially if you spend a lot of time on your feet all day), give compression stockings a go.