Unfortunately, there is no cure for varicose vein disease.
There has never been any documentation in the phlebological
literature that conservative therapy is an effective
substitute for definitive treatment of varicose veins.
Conservative treatment is usually reserved for elderly
or severely ill patients who are not good candidates
for definitive minimally invasive treatment or for patients
with very early disease (has few spider veins) who are
completely asymptomatic. Certain measures are used to
temporarily alleviate symptoms but not to cure the disease.
These measures enhance the results of minimally invasive
techniques such as Sclerotherapy and may delay the recurrence
of varicose veins. These measures are:
swelling, telangiectasias, reticular veins
varicose veins, CVI, post-ulcer
Many drugs have been found helpful in the reduction
of symptoms of venous disease, including Vitamins C
and E, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, pycnogenol,
and horse chestnut seed extract. Only one drug, pentoxyfilline,
has been shown to significantly change the course of
venous disease. By interfering with leukocyte activation,
pentoxyfilline may prevent or reduce skin changes such
as lipodermatosclerosis due to venous disease.