What Are the Various Sclerotherapy Side Effects?

Updated on: August 18, 2014

When a person notices an irregularity regarding the veins on their legs, there are a couple of things that he (but usually a she) can do. The first thing is to ignore them, since they are often more of a cosmetic nuisance than anything else. The second thing they can do (especially if the veins are painful) is seek medical treatments.

Sclerotherapy is a treatment that has been used to treated problematic veins for many years, but it is important to be aware of any possible sclerotherapy side effects as well. This procedure involves injecting the problematic veins (usually spider veins) with a sodium chloride solution that is mixed with heparin and lidocaine. Via several sessions over a couple of weeks, the veins start to gradually face.

The sclerotherapy side effects vary from person to person. People who find that the solution does not react well with their body chemistry might experience swelling and a rash. Another one of the sclerotherapy side effects that the patient might experience is dermal staining. This often occurs if the person had taken a certain kind of antibiotic before having the procedure.

Thus, in order to avoid a myriad of sclerotherapy side effects, it is important for the person to avoid taking certain kinds of medication. In addition to various antibiotics, anti inflammatory medication (such as Ibuprofen) should also be avoided, because it affects the efficiency of the injected solution. To find out more about other possible side effects, the person should have a discussion with their doctor.

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