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24/Nov/2017

The human body, no matter how strong it is, is prone to a lot of different problems. While some are hazardous and require immediate attention, others are often overlooked, as they are the ones that seem the most simple. One of such illnesses is Hyperhidrosis.

What is Hyperhidrosis?
People often refer to Hyperhidrosis as excessive sweating, whereas in reality, it is far more than just that. A lot of experts believe that Hyperhidrosis may not seem dangerous, but it certainly deteriorates the quality of your life.

In this illness, patients have overactive sweat glands in their body. In other words, those affected will sweat regardless of the condition, weather, climate, or surroundings they are in. You may start precipitating while lying comfortably on your couch or sitting at your workstation too.

Experts believe that this causes as much of a psychological burden as it does in the physical regard. There are two different types of Hyperhidrosis that you should know about.

Primary Hyperhidrosis
Physicians tend to believe that primary Hyperhidrosis takes place when there is over-activity in the sympathetic nervous system of the body. Several patients even sweat excessively as they become nervous about sweating in the first place. While the potential cause of primary Hyperhidrosis is yet to be discovered, things like POEMS syndrome, Trench foot, and Glomus tumour are said to be associated with it.

Secondary Hyperhidrosis
Unlike the primary counterpart, there are a lot of reasons firmly associated with secondary Hyperhidrosis. Some of the most common causes of it include different cancers, heart diseases, injuries in the spinal cord and a lot more.

What Should You Do?
If you think that you are a suffering from Hyperhidrosis, contact us on 0207 722 7370. We will guide you regarding the effective remedies to treat the condition.


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24/Nov/2017

The term “Varicose Veins” refers to the enlarged veins in the body. While there is no restriction as to which veins can get gnarled, it is usually those in the legs that become varicose.

Common Reasons
There are a lot of reasons why a certain person suffers from Varicose Veins. Age is often deemed as one of the major factors in this regard. This is mostly because as we grow older, the walls of our veins tend to lose their elasticity. However, age is not always the prime reason for the problem. Lack of exercise is also a major cause, especially if a person remains stagnant for longer periods of time.

Among the most disturbing facts of Varicose Veins is that you don’t necessarily need to stay still for long periods or even be aged, in order to become prone to this disease. Heritage can also become a factor. Other common reasons of Varicose Veins include wearing tightly-fitted apparel, wearing high-heels for long durations, obesity, and a lot more.

What It Does?
The saddening fact is that a lot of people tend to take Varicose Veins lightly. Unfortunately, they do not understand that it can result in severe circumstances and even lead to other harmful issues. Some of the most common problems Varicose Veins can lead to is blood clots. In fact, this is very common in people that have gnarled veins. This can become fatal, especially if the clot makes it to your lungs.

Other major problems that Varicose Veins can lead to, include excessive bleeding and leg ulcers. Fortunately at The Vascular Consultancy we are experts in the field and can help you in taking the right measures for better treatment.


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24/Nov/2017

Despite being a common condition, which affect as many as a third of us, varicose veins have their fair share of myths in circulation. If you are concerned about varicose veins and unsure of what’s fact and what’s fiction, take a look at the following five varicose vein myths the Vascular Consultancy have uncovered.

1.Varicose veins are harmless and are purely a cosmetic concern
Granted, these unsightly, bulging veins can be a cosmetic concern to those who suffer from them but they can also cause discomfort and even pain. As well as throbbing, itching and aching, advanced cases of varicose veins can lead to swelling and dermatitis.

2.Men are not at risk
Women can be prone to varicose veins during pregnancy. However, men are also at risk from the condition. In fact, according to research carried out in Britain, as much as 56% of men suffer from varicose veins.

3.Exercise makes varicose veins worse
Another varicose vein myth in circulation is that exercise worsens the condition. Being overweight can increase your chances of developing varicose veins, therefore exercising, eating healthily and staying within your ideal weight range can help keep the condition at bay, and, if you do suffer from it, help prevent the swollen veins from becoming worse.

4.Varicose veins are the sign of old age
While age can increase your chances of developing varicose veins, they are not necessarily a sign of age. The principle factor that will determine whether you will develop varicose veins is hereditary, and people as young as ten can develop this condition.

5.The only treatment for varicose veins is surgery
Wrong again! While surgery is used to treat this condition, there are several other forms of treatment that can effectively improve the look and feel of the affected veins.
One such non-surgical procedure is wearing compression stockings, which help decrease the swelling and even appearance of the veins, though will not effectively ‘cure’ them.
Other treatment options include radiofrequency ablation and endovenous laser, amongst others.

If you are concerned about this common condition and would like to discuss the different treatment options, get in touch with the Vascular Consultancy.
Dr Daryll Baker of the Vascular Consultancy is a leading vascular surgeon in the UK and will be able to discuss the different treatment options with you to help you determine which treatment is likely to work best for you.


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24/Nov/2017

Penny Lancaster has talked candidly about living with hyperhidrosis, a chronic sweat condition. Appearing on ITV’s popular daytime television show, Loose Women, the 45-year-old model spoke of how she feels embarrassed about her tendency to sweat heavily.

In a recent episode of Loose Women, Penny said fears of her excessive sweating are so severe that she worried what her husband Rod Stewart would think when he found out about the condition.

The model explained how her hands become clammy when she is nervous or excited, stating:
“I have hyperhidrosis, you can see a little shining hand going on. A lot of the time they’re bone dry and fine but it’s something to do with the nervous system – I’m not nervous – but even when I’m excited and looking forward to something.”

It was in her teenage years when Penny was first diagnosed with hyperhidrosis. At the time, Penny said the condition was so extreme, she had to wear white cotton gloves when she took her exams in order to prevent the page she was writing on becoming damp. Over the years, the model says she has learned to live with excessive sweating.

Ms Lancaster spoke of how doctors have advised her to undergo intrusive treatment to help alleviate the condition. Specialists had suggested electrotherapy to help diminish the condition, or alternatively having an operation in which a vein under the arm is cut. Though this form of treatment could lead to sweating elsewhere.

Penny said such is her embarrassment over her excessively sweating hands that she tries to avoid shaking hands with people when she meets them and instead opts to kiss them.
Ms Lancaster continued that she would go out of her way to try and mask her condition.

“In my early modelling days, if I was doing swimwear or a bit more scantily clad, I’d ask the photographer for a wind machine and they’d say aren’t you too cold? And I’d say, ‘No, I’m hot, but it’s just the wind would dry them out.”

Hyperhydrosis is a common problem, estimated to affect 7.8 million individuals in the United States, 2.8% of the population.

Individuals suffering from the condition experience excessive sweating, typically on the palms of the hands, under the arms, on the face and on the soles of the feet. The embarrassment of the condition can lead to stress and anxiety.

One treatment for hyperhidrosis involves botulinum toxin being injected into the skin of affected areas. The botulinum toxin reduces the sweating by blocking the signals from the brain to the sweat glands.


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24/Nov/2017

A venous leg ulcer is a sore on the leg that takes a long time to heal, usually more than four to six weeks. The most common place for a leg ulcer to appear is in the inside of the leg, just above the ankle.
Those suffering from a leg ulcer may experience pain, swelling of the affected area, and itching. The skin around the leg ulcer may also harden and become discoloured. A bad-smelling odour may also be produced from the ulcer.
The most common type of leg ulcer is the venous leg ulcer, which account for more than 90% of all leg ulcer cases. Venous leg ulcers are more common in elderly people, and it is estimated that around 1 in 50 people aged 80 or above, suffer with leg ulcers.
How to treat and manage venous leg ulcers
With the right treatment, leg ulcers can be treated effectively. Some of the key steps of leg ulcer management include:
• Seeing a professionally trained healthcare specialist to diagnose the wound and provide advice on causes and treatment
• Once diagnosed, the affected area will need to be cleaned and dressed. The cleaning and dressing of the ulcer will remove dead tissue and other debris from the wound, creating the best conditions for the ulcer to heal.
• Compression stockings and bandages are typically applied to the venous leg ulcer in order to support the wound and improve the blood flow in the legs by squeezing the legs and encouraging the blood to flow towards the heart.
• Pain killers may be prescribed. The pain however should begin to lessen when the leg ulcer starts to heal.
• Antibiotics may also be prescribed in cases where in leg ulcer has become infected. However, it is important to note that antibiotics don’t help leg ulcers to heal but will help the body fight the infection.
Exploring the underlying cause of the venous leg ulcer
Whilst the careful management of a leg ulcer by a healthcare professional will successfully heal the sore, unless the underlying cause of the condition is addressed, patients are at risk of the leg ulcer returning.
Some of the most common reasons as to why venous leg ulcers appear, include obesity, varicose veins, immobility and age.
People can reduce the risk of being susceptible to venous leg ulcer by exercising regularly, wearing compression stockings, elevating their legs when possible and losing weight if they are overweight.
If you require treatment for venous leg ulcers, get in touch with the Vascular Consultancy, specialists in the diagnose and treatment of vascular conditions.


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24/Nov/2017

It is not uncommon for women to experience varicose veins whilst they are pregnant. This is because of the growing uterus, which puts pressure on the large vein on the right-hand side of the body, known as the interior vena cava. The pressure on this large vein puts additional burden on the veins in the legs.
Not only this but when a woman is pregnant, the amount of blood in her body increases, which can also put additional pressure on the veins. Progesterone levels also rise during pregnancy, which causes the walls of the blood vessels to relax. These factors can contribute to varicose veins developing within pregnant women. Or for women who already suffer from varicose veins, pregnancy can exacerbate the condition.
Whilst unsightly, varicose veins are usually not harmful, and are just another bodily burden many expectant ladies are forced to endure.
That said, there are certain strategies mums-to-be can take to help minimise the effects of varicose veins in pregnancy.
Get some exercise on a regular basis
It need not be a five-mile run or 50 lengths in the pool, but carrying out some gentle exercise regularly will get the blood pumping round the body and help stave off varicose veins.
As the Baby Centre advises:
“Exercise daily. Even just a brisk walk around the block can help your circulation.”
Watch your weight
It is generally recommended that pregnant women should keep weight gain to around 25 – 35 pounds. Additional weight puts pressure on the body and can overwork an already overworked circulatory system, making you more prone to varicose veins.
Get plenty of vitamins
Vitamins are important for the health of both the mother and her unborn baby. Eating a well-balanced diet full of vitamins will not only help keep a pregnant lady’s weight down but can also help the body repair itself, which can help reduce the risk of varicose veins appearing on the skin. As What To Expect writes in a feature about varicose veins and pregnancy:
“Get your daily dose of vitamins. A balanced pregnancy diet keeps veins healthy. Make sure to eat lots of foods with vitamin C, which your body uses to produce collagen and elastin (connective tissues that repair and maintain blood vessels.)
Elevate the legs
Legs and feet can become tired during pregnancy, especially during the latter stages. Elevating the legs whenever possible, such as putting them on a stool when watching TV in the evening or keeping them on a pillow in bed, will help alleviate tired legs, improve the blood circulation in the legs and stave off varicose veins.
Compression stockings
It might also be a good idea to wear compression stockings. These special support stockings are tighter at the ankle and become looser further up the leg, helping the blood flow back to the heart. With the blood flowing easier, compression stockings can help prevent varicose veins from becoming any worse.
If you are concerned about any aspect of varicose veins during pregnancy, or have had a baby and would like to get varicose veins treated, get in touch with the Vascular Consultancy, experts in the treatment of varicose veins and other vascular conditions.


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24/Nov/2017

Varicose veins do not always require treatment. However, if the veins are causing discomfort or pain, treatment is usually required to ease the symptoms, treat complications associated with varicose veins, such as leg ulcers and swelling of the skin, or for cosmetic reasons.

There are several treatments available for the effective removal of varicose veins. Varicose vein avulsions are the removal of varicosities from the leg by using a special hook via a small nick made to the leg. This varicose veins treatment is sometimes known as phlebectomies.

The procedure involves several tiny incisions made in the skin. The varicose veins are then removed from the surface of the leg with a needle or a small scalpel. A phlebectomy hook at the end of the needle or scalpel removes the vein.
Varicose veins avulsions can be carried out under a general or local anaesthetic, depending on the severity of the varicose veins and the wishes of the patient.

How long is recovery following varicose veins avulsions?

Following a phlebectomies procedure, the affected part of the leg is bandaged and the patient is provided with additional support via support stockings.

Recovery following this procedure is relative quick, typically within a couple of days. It is not uncommon for the affected area to weep slightly following the treatment, especially after bathing the leg. It is also common for the area to be prone to bruising and swelling, which usually settles within a couple of weeks after the treatment.

Benefits of varicose veins avulsions

There are several benefits of varicose veins avulsions as an effective treatment for this vein condition. As a local anaesthetic is usually sufficient in this type of procedure, recovery time is relatively quick with phlebectomies treatment.
As the incisions made to the skin are so minor, suture closures are not typically required.

As Vein Care notes, varicose veins avulsions are considered a more cosmetically acceptable surgical alternative to longer treatments which are employed via injections.

This type of varicose vein treatment can also reduce the risk of hyper pigmentation – brown discolouration – of the skin, as a result of the varicose vein treatment.

Vascular Consultancy offers various treatments for the removal of varicose veins, one of which is the Phlebectomies treatment.

If you would like to discuss treatment for varicose veins and the different procedures available, get in touch with Daryll Baker of the Vascular Consultancy. Daryll Baker is a leading UK specialist in providing advice, diagnosis and treatment for varicose veins and other vascular conditions.


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24/Nov/2017

If you suffer from varicose veins, you might welcome the colder months of winter. Bare legs can be covered with tights or trousers, and bikinis and trunks are certainly out of the question with temperatures rarely reaching double figures! While these unsightly veins on the legs can be conveniently covered up during the winter, the colder season can intensify the condition and amplify some of the problems associated with varicose veins.

Excessive central heating

Now’s the time of year when we turn the dial of thermostat up on the central heating. Although according to a report in the Daily Mail, excessive central heating and underfloor heating can trigger varicose vein flare-ups and make the symptoms worse.

Weight gain in the winter

With Christmas and all the extravagance that goes hand in hand with the festive season, followed by cold, wet weather making us reach for the comforts of the fridge, winter can be a time when weight gain tends to creep up on us.
Unfortunately, for those suffering from varicose veins, weight gain can make the condition worse. In fact, obesity is cited as being a major culprit in the development of varicose veins. This is due to the fact that additional pounds of weight can put pressure on the veins, which results in the larger veins in the legs bulging out more noticeably as the blood pools in the veins.

Lack of exercise

While the warm days of summer and the long, light nights compel many of us to reach for our trainers and embark on exercise regimes, by contrast, the damp, darkness and cold of the winter, makes us want to curl back under the duvet and stay in bed!
This lack of exercise in the winter can have negative consequences on those suffering from varicose veins, as the blood isn’t sufficiently pumped around the body.

In short, adopting a healthy lifestyle, which combines a healthy, well-balanced diet with regular exercise helps us maintain a healthy weight, thus reducing the risk of varicose veins becoming worse due to weight gain.

Some effective exercises to help relieve symptoms caused by varicose veins and prevent the condition from getting worse are leg lifts, calf raises, bicycle legs and side lunges. It is important to note that all of these exercises can be carried out indoors from the convenience of your own living room, giving you no excuse not to exercise, regardless of the season or what the weather’s doing outside!

If you would like any advice about varicose veins, or require a diagnosis of a vascular condition or information about treatments, get in touch with Daryll Baker, one of the UK’s leading vascular consultants.


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Daryll Baker is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Central Region Vascular Services.

He read Medicine at Oxford University and trained in Vascular Surgery in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh. He obtained his research PhD from the University of Wales.

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