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Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

My name is Marilyn Baker, and I have horrible allergies. I’m 42 years old and have been suffering from allergies since I was a child. I have seasonal and environmental allergies. Allergies plague me year round. When I was young, my parents even moved to a dryer area in the hope of helping me. Over the past eight years, I have done extensive research both through doctors and online. I have managed to come up with some combinations that have helped me a great deal. My allergies aren’t gone, but they have become manageable. I do have to have allergy shots, but I also use some natural remedies. I am happy to be able to share my findings with you here on my blog. I hope you can find some of this of value.

Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

Get Rid Of Those Varicose Veins And Back Into Your Summer Shorts

by Clifton Davidson

When the sight of your varicose veins makes you hesitate to wear your favorite summer clothes, it's time to get those veins treated. If you see your doctor when the veins are small, the minimally invasive treatments may remove the veins with no trace. If you let the veins become larger, vascular surgery may be required to remove the veins, which can leave scars and bruising. Here are the current treatment options for your varicose veins.

  1. Sclerotherapy - This treatment is most effective on the small purple or blue varicose veins that have not yet produced a bulge under the skin. A substance is injected into the vein which irritates the wall of the blood vessel. The vein collapses and the blood in it clots. Your body absorbs the tissue and clotted blood, often without leaving a trace of the vein. You may need subsequent injections to completely remove these small veins.
  2. Laser Treatment - This is also effective on small varicose veins. A small laser is used to create scar tissue in the vein which causes it to collapse and shrink. Again, your body absorbs the tissue with no trace. When the veins become larger and bulge under the skin from blood collecting in them, other techniques must be used. Removing these veins often leaves scars and bruising that may fade only slightly over time.
  3. Radiofrequency Ablation - This procedure uses a small tube inserted into the vein from which radio waves are sent into the walls of the blood vessel. The vein slowly collapses and will be partially absorbed by your body. You'll likely have some scars under the skin where the larger portions of the vein were located.
  4. Vein Stripping - With this treatment, the entire varicose vein is removed. This procedure is done to remove veins that extend down into your leg. An incision is made over the vein to be removed and a long rod is inserted into and down through the length of the vein. Small incisions are made along the length of the vein, which is then tied securely to the rod. The rod is then slowly removed from your leg with the vein attached. The incisions are closed and you may have some faint scarring.
  5. Phlebectomy - For very large varicose veins, surgery is required to cut the vein into smaller pieces for removal. This procedure is reserved for the largest veins and you will likely have scars and bruising long after the surgery.

If you require vascular surgery, visit a clinic like Cedar Surgical Associates PC.