Ointments, creams and gels for the treatment of varicose veins

girl rubs her feet with gel from varicose veins

Ointment for varicose veins is a good tool for prevention and an auxiliary method of treatment in the early stages of the disease. The use of such medical devices has the following goals:

  • Restore the correct blood flow.
  • Increase the tone of the walls of blood vessels and improve the functioning of the valve system.
  • Prevent complications associated with the expansion of venous vessels.
  • Reduce the level of swelling and pain in the legs.

Medical treatment of varicose veins must be prescribed by a phlebologist. Given the variety of pharmaceuticals, it is very important to know which drugs are applicable at a particular stage of the disease, and which of them will be harmful and completely useless. Loss of time in this case will lead to undesirable progression of varicose veins. Let's take a closer look at the features of the composition and use of ointments and gels in the treatment of veins.

How does a cream for varicose veins work?

Ointments and creams are based on an anticoagulant - a component that strengthens the venous vessels and helps to relieve the affected areas. Additionally, the preparation contains vitamins (for example, vitamins B₁, B₅ and C), which have a strengthening effect on the venous walls and tissue regeneration, as well as substances with vasodilating and analgesic properties. Varicose veins hinder the ability of medicinal substances to penetrate into tissues, therefore, for an effective result, the concentration of the coagulant must be high enough.

In modern medicine, ointments for the treatment of veins are not used so often. Having a fairly dense and fatty base, they are absorbed more slowly and worse. Their use is associated with some discomfort for the patient (stained clothing, skin stickiness). Thus, the effectiveness of such products is somewhat lower than that of creams and gels for the feet.

For whom is treatment with anti-varicose creams suitable?

It is very important not to ignore the appearance of the first symptoms of the disease and not to delay seeking qualified help from a phlebologist. Considering the fact that the use of creams and ointments is only an auxiliary method of treatment at different stages of varicose veins, the appointment of suitable drugs can only be made by a doctor after a diagnosis. The use of suitable medications for varicose veins will help to avoid stagnation of blood in the veins, relieve inflammation and significantly reduce the possibility of relapse.

The drug treatment plan for varicose veins is usually complex and includes the appointment of tablets and topical drugs. The medical method using a cream for varicose veins involves the appointment of venotonic agents, special drugs that improve blood circulation and prevent the formation of blood clots, and combined funds.

The use of tonics

Venotonics are medicinal preparations based on plant flavonoids, the action of which is aimed at increasing venous tone, improving reflux (blood outflow), strengthening the walls of blood vessels and reducing swelling. In addition, such drugs help to fight pain in the legs after prolonged standing.

It must be remembered that each drug has contraindications for use. The reason may be individual sensitivity to the components of the ointment, other diseases of the body, pregnancy, and so on.

Heparin ointments and gels

The classic drug for any stage of varicose veins is Heparin gel (the concentration of the medicinal substance is 100 IU / g). The active ingredient of the drug has the property of being well absorbed into the blood and reducing its coagulability, preventing platelets from sticking together. Thus, heparin ointment effectively prevents the appearance of blood clots of superficial veins and helps to resolve existing blockages.

Due to its effective effect on venous vessels, the substance heparin is added to the composition of many medical anti-varicose drugs. Its main purpose is to normalize blood circulation, relieve the feeling of heaviness, pain in the legs, swelling and itching. The systematic use of the ointment allows you to achieve the first positive results after two weeks.

The use of drugs based on heparin requires medical advice, as this substance can cause allergies or dermatitis.

An example of a combined agent is a gel, which includes heparin, troxerutin and provitamin B₅ (dexpanthenol), which effectively fight edema, increase tone and restore damaged venous areas. To achieve the result, it is recommended to apply it 2-3 times a day for 2-3 weeks.

Are the creams effective?

Gels and creams undoubtedly play an important role in treatment, but they are not able to cure varicose veins completely. Their main purpose is to reduce and alleviate painful sensations and symptoms, thinning blood, toning, strengthening venous vessels and preventing blood clots.

Such drugs for varicose veins are most effective at the beginning of the development of the disease, as they help to improve blood flow through a light massage of the legs. Progressive varicose veins (the appearance of spider veins) and the advanced stage of the disease also involve the use of ointments and creams, but they require careful attention to the choice of a medicine, as they can aggravate the problem.

To enhance the effect of gels and creams, the doctor may additionally recommend the patient to use compression garments, do gymnastic exercises and change the diet.