Medications and ointments
Confusion caused by advertising
Many people who are affected by venous diseases fall victim to ointment and medication “fixes” primarily due to false advertising. These over-the-counter “solutions” seem easy and affordable, but unfortunately do not effectively treat varicose or spider veins once they have already formed. Don't let yourself be misled by this, as medications cannot repair loose, distended venous walls or redundant venous valves.
Compression garments: disease-modifying treatment for venous diseases
Medical compression stockings are the basic form of treatment for venous diseases. These stockings have a defined pressure gradient that gradually reduces from the heel up to the thigh. This mechanically reduces the veins' diameter, the blood no longer pools in the legs and is transported back to the heart.
Ointments and medication: Used as an add-on treatment
Various creams and herbal supplements can support blood circulation and can provide some prevention of varicose and spider veins.
Plant-based active ingredients such as horse chestnut or vine leaves support treatment and care of the skin. However, once a functional venous disorder has been diagnosed, these ointments and medications cannot replace compression stockings. Not all ointments are compatible with compression garment materials either.
Common ointments such as witch hazel (seals the blood vessels), horse chestnut (tones up the blood vessels), menthol (refreshes and cools) and jojoba oil (calms and regenerates the skin), complement compression therapy and care for stressed skin, making them helpful accompaniments to the use of compression stockings.