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How to Prevent Varicose Veins From Bursting

Elsie Goycoolea
By Elsie Goycoolea. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Prevent Varicose Veins From Bursting

Many people will suffer from varicose veins at one point in their lives due to excessive standing, being overweight, pregnancy and ageing. While they shouldn’t develop complications or start noticing concerning symptoms, in some cases high pressure over varicose veins can cause inflammation, swelling and bursting. Varicose veins are caused by the dilation of veins located just beneath the skin.

In this OneHowTo article we will share some advice on How to Prevent Varicose Veins From Bursting.

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Steps to follow:


If you suffer from varicose veins there are some steps that can help you minimize the hardships of having them. You may start by eliminating the causes that derive in varicose veins.

Try avoiding standing for long periods of time or alternate between standing and sitting. Commit to loosing the excess weight by engaging in some physical activity that improves blood circulation. If you are pregnant find some time where you can rest your legs above your hips to help with blood flow returning to the heart.

How to Prevent Varicose Veins From Bursting - Step 1

A very common remedy is the use of compression stockings or support tights. Many runners will use these to alleviate the extra pressure of the veins from pounding on the pavement. These are usually knee high length and should be worn during the day. You may remove them for sleep.

You may find compression stockings in pharmacies and medical supply places. Make sure that they are tightening the leg but not to the point that they actually start restricting circulation.

However, if a varicose vein bursts no matter what, take a look at what to do if a varicose vein bursts to prevent further damage.

How to Prevent Varicose Veins From Bursting - Step 2

There are alternative treatments suggested to improve chronic venous insufficiency or poor circulation from blood returning to the heart. For instance, grape seed contains a high level of flavonoids that have an antioxidant feature on capillary veins. Pine bark has also been recommended for its content of OPCs (oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes) that have potent effects on controlling inflammation and improving collagen.

At OneHowTo we also have some great suggestions for the the best natural remedies for varicose veins.


Some people adopt a radical strategy and decide to remove their varicose veins with surgery or sclerotherapy. For extreme cases, patients are recommended surgery where the adjacent veins to the varicose veins are ligated together so that they can be removed.

Similarly, sclerotheraphy uses a chemical that is injected inside the varicose veins and seals them. This treatment is often applied for smaller veins that are not properly removed during surgery. You will not need anesthesia nor hospitalization. In both situations, you may need a few days to recover from the interventions.


If by any chance a varicose vein bursts and starts bleeding elevate the leg higher than the heart and apply pressure over the bleeding point. Contact your doctor immediately and make sure to keep the pressure over the spot with a gauze, a compression hose or an elastic band.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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