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I have some large varicose veins on my leg since my pregnancy 20 years ago, how do I make it go away?

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Hi @Lynette , varicose veins is a common problem especially in women, and the occurrence increases with age, previous pregnancy, being overweight and inactivity.
Thankfully, in most cases, varicose veins is just a cosmetic issue. In more severe and longstanding cases, it may lead to pain, skin problems (eczema) and ulcers.
There are some things you can do help relieve your problem, or at least prevent it from worsening: 
- Regular exercise like brisk walking, swimming, leg gym exercises
- Try not to remain in one sitting or standing position for too long. Take short breaks, walk around, exercise your calf muscles.
- Elevating your legs 2-3 times a day, about 30 mins each time, eg while watching TV or reading a book. You can also prop up your legs at about 30 degrees angle when sleeping.
- Watching your weight , by exercising, watching your diet eg taking less carbohydrates and more fibre
- Wearing special compression stockings (these can be bought from retail pharmacies)

Doctors also give a trial of diosmin tablets (Daflon).

For persistent and troublesome varicose veins, you will then need to see a Vascular/Vein specialist for procedures like vein stripping or laser therapy.
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