Sclerotherapy is the primary treatment for spider and varicose veins. But what you do after your sclerotherapy procedure can affect how well and how quickly you heal, says Dr. James St. George of Jacksonville’s St. Johns Vein Center.
Keeping active and following the doctor’s orders
Because sclerotherapy is among the most effective, yet least invasive procedures, you will be able to immediately resume most of your daily activities, including driving yourself home from your treatment session. You’re encouraged to take frequent brisk walks and may be instructed to wear graduated compression stockings in the days or weeks following treatment.
Over the 48 hours immediately after sclerotherapy, it’s important that you follow these guidelines:
- Avoid anti-inflammatory medications including aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen. Instead, opt for over-the-counter acetaminophen pain relievers like Tylenol;
- Feel free to take a cool shower, but skip long, hot baths, whirlpools and saunas;
- Carefully clean your injection sites with mild soap and lukewarm water;
- Avoid direct exposure to sunlight and stay out of the tanning bed;
- Do not apply a hot compress or any other form of heat to the injected areas;
- If you have any questions or concerns after your procedure, don’t take guesses – call your physician immediately.