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.


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.


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.


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.


Varicose veins are a common condition, which affect at least one in four of us. The onset of these swollen veins, typically in the legs, are more common in women. They are also more likely to occur the older we get.

While there are numerous ways to treat varicose veins, are there any ways of prevent the condition from occurring in the first place?

As Bupa informs, there is no scientific evidence to prove we can prevent varicose veins. However, the following suggestions are regular cited as being sensible precautions to help delay the onset of varicose veins.


Undergoing regular exercise, keeping weight under control and the muscles, particularly in the legs, active is associated with keeping the condition at bay. Exercise improves the circulation and keeps the blood flowing around the legs, thus helping to avoid the pooling of the blood.

Low impact exercise, such as riding a bike and swimming, are recommended, as they don’t put the legs under excessive strain.

Refrain from wearing high heels

Wearing the right kind of shoes can be helpful in keeping the condition at bay, relieving symptoms, and keeping varicose veins under control. Unlike high heels, flat shoes enable the calf muscles to fully contract. By enabling the calf muscles to fully contract, flat shoes encourage the blood to circulate more freely through the legs, thus helping to prevent the blood pool in the lower extremities of the legs and cause or worsen varicose veins.

Put your feet up at the end of the day

At the end of a busy day, elevating your legs so they rest at a higher level than your heart for approximately 10 to 15 minutes will help to drain any blood that may have pooled in the legs and cause the varicose veins.

Avoid standing or sitting still for long periods

As the NHS advises, avoiding standing or sitting still for long periods can help ease the symptoms of varicose veins. Generally speaking, we should aim to move around every 30 minutes.

If you are concerned about varicose veins and would like to talk to a leading UK specialist in providing advice, diagnosis, and treatment options for varicose veins, get in contact with Daryll Baker of the Vascular Consultancy today. You can book a consultation with Daryll Baker to discuss treatment for varicose veins here.  


Leg ulcers are painful and long-lasting sores on the legs, which typically develop just above the ankle on the inside of the leg. The ulcer may be itchy, painful and cause swelling and discolouring of the surrounding area.

The most common type of leg ulcer is a venous leg ulcer, which account for more than 90% of leg ulcer cases. It is estimated that the condition affect approximately 1 in 500 people in Britain. Leg ulcers become much more common as we get older, and affect approximately 1 in 50 people over the age of 80.

The Vascular Consultancy offers effective leg ulcer management. Our comprehensive leg ulcer management programme includes our specialist nursing team cleaning the wound and stimulating the skin, in order to cover the wound. The management programme also involves the treatment of any underlying venous conditions.

The leg ulcer wound is cleaned by a combination of three techniques.

Mechanical cleaning is carried out, which involves our nursing team physically removing the slough.

The chemical cleaning of the wound involves protecting the ulcer with appropriate dressings. The wound must be fully cleaned before the compression dressings can be applied. When the wound is clean, a layer of protective cream is applied.

Our leg ulcer management can include the ankle pulses being checked with a Doppler ultrasound, which check arterial blood supply. If there is any compromise to the arterial blood supply shown by the Doppler ultrasound, compression to the wound should not be applied.

The biological cleaning of the leg ulcer includes using maggots to clean the wound.

The cover of skin applied to the affected area is taken by either waiting for the clean wound to heal naturally or by using a skin graft.

Following treatment and providing the leg ulcer is healed, it is important there is continual compression applied to the affected area by the patient continuing to wear support stockings. This will help reduce the risk of the leg ulcer coming back.

For more information about the Vascular Consultancy’s leg ulcer management, get in touch with our professional, experienced and friendly team.

You can book a consultation to see Daryll Baker, a leading UK specialist in vascular conditions, including leg ulcers.


Juice therapy is associated with many different aspects of health and wellbeing – losing weight, improving the immune system and aiding clear skin, are just three. Though did you know juice therapy can also be an effective treatment for varicose veins?

Instead of using more invasive methods to treat varicose veins, such as surgery or laser treatment, doctors are beginning to recognise the effectiveness of raw juice therapy for improving the severity of varicose veins.

Varicose veins are caused when valves leak, resulting in blood pooling in the legs. When the veins become engorged with blood, the valves are less efficient. This pooling of blood causes the veins to stretch and bulging and swelling to occur.

The causes of varicose veins range from carrying excess weight, insufficient exercise, standing still for lengthy periods of time and pregnancy.

The abundance of nutrients and vitamins found in raw juice help to strengthen the walls of the veins.  These essential nutrients are effective in breaking down hard protein deposits, which can accumulate in the veins and hinder the flow of blood.

So which fruits and vegetables should be present in raw juice therapy designed to improve the condition of varicose veins?

As the Herald news writes:

“Dark berries, including cherries, blueberries, blackberries, and dark grapes and currants have a high concentration of flavonoids and other natural chemicals that strengthen blood vessel walls and help less varicose veins.”

Other fruits and veg, including cranberries, carrots, oranges, strawberries and spinach, all contain high amounts of nutrients that can help break down hard protein deposits in the veins and strengthen the vein walls. Containing an enzyme known as bromelain, which is effective in breaking down blood clots, which can be a serious side-effect of varicose veins, pineapple is another great ingredient to include in raw juice therapy designed to treat varicose veins. recommends those suffering with varicose veins embark on a juice detoxification programme in order to restore the nutritional balance in the body. By restoring the nutritional balance, the body will start to reduce the size and severity of the varicose veins.

JuiceTherapy also recommends cutting back on highly processed foods, refined sugars, red meats, dairy products, smoking and alcohol. It is also recommended that following a complete juice detoxification programme, any one aiming to improve varicose veins should have a diet that is at least 80 percent raw plant based.


Thread veins refer to blood vessels that are purple and red in colour, which are visible on the surface of the skin. Due to their resemblance to small spider webs, thread veins are also known as spider veins. The medical term to this condition is Telangiesctasias. If the veins become raised from the surface of the skin, they are referred to as reticular veins.

Whilst they can be associated with varicose veins, thread veins are a different condition. Despite their unsightly appearance, unlike varicose veins, thread veins rarely cause any other symptoms.

Thread veins more commonly affect women. Due to the modern ‘selfie’ trend, more and more image-conscious women are having thread veins removed from their faces so they look better in photos. According to a report in the Daily Mail, doctors have reported a sharp increase in the number of women in Britain, particularly younger women, undergoing procedures to leave their skin blemish-free.

So how exactly are thread veins treated?


Microsclerotherapy is one method of treatment for thread veins. This fairly straightforward process involves a liquid known as sclerosant being injected into the affected veins. The liquid then destroys the veins and, over time, causes them to disappear.

It is generally recommended that Microsclerotherapy is only used on thread veins on the legs and body. Thread veins on the surface of the face are often treated by laser.

Laser treatment

Laser treatment involves the use of sensitive lasers to target the unwanted red and purple veins on the skin. By being administered in quick, short bursts, the laser doesn’t harm the skin and breaks down the thread veins.

Whilst some slight discomfort might be felt with both Microsclerotherapy and laser treatment, both treatments are generally painless and safe.

Some swelling might be noticed after the treatments or a slight bruising, but such side-effects don’t tend to last long and gradually fade to reveal new, clear skin.

Cosmetic makeup

An even less invasive way to treat thread veins on the face is the use of cosmetic makeup to cover up the veins. Applying a high quality foundation to the affected area, can help hide unsightly veins, without the need to undergo treatment.

If you require treatment for thread veins, Daryll Baker has experience effectively treating this common condition. Book an initial consultation to discuss treatments for thread veins with Daryll Baker and the Vascular Consultancy.


During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through significant changes. Whilst some of these changes can exude radiance and health, other changes can be a little more uncomfortable and problematic. One such change that affects some women during pregnancy is the onset of varicose veins.

The severity of varicose veins in pregnant women varies and ranges from mild discomfort to the legs feeling extremely tired, restless and heavy. The veins in the legs can become swollen and purple in colour and can sometimes itch and throb.

What causes varicose veins during pregnancy

Varicose veins during pregnancy are caused by the pressure the growing uterus puts on the large vein at the right hand side of the body. The pressure being put on this vein can radiate through to the veins in the legs, which can result in the swelling and discomfort of leg veins.

The amount of blood in a woman’s body is increased during pregnancy. This increase in blood can also put pressure on the veins. As the Baby Centre notes, progesterone levels also increase during pregnancy, which can cause the blood vessel walls to relax, again adding to the burden on the veins.

Being overweight and the additional weight a woman gains when she is pregnant can also put pressure on the veins in the legs and in some women cause varicose veins.

Treatment for varicose veins whilst pregnant

If you are suffering from varicose veins during your pregnancy you may look for a way to treat the discomfort caused by these enlarged leg veins.


Running a marathon might not be recommended during pregnancy, but some regular gentle exercise, such as a brisk walk, can help with a woman’s circulation and minimise and even prevent the onset of varicose veins.

Raise your legs to an elevated position

When you go to bed and when you are sitting down try to raise your legs to an elevated position by using a pillow or stool to help with the blood circulation in your legs.

Sleep on your left side

It is also a good idea for pregnant ladies suffering from varicose veins or attempting to prevent varicose veins to sleep on their left side. This is due to the fact that the main vein that causes varicose veins, known as the inferior vena cava, is situated on the right side of the body and sleeping on the left will help to relieve the weight of the uterus from putting pressure on the inferior vena cava.

Wear compression stockings

Some women find relief by wearing graduated compression stockings when they are pregnant. These support stockings work by making it easier for the blood to flow up a woman’s leg and towards her heart, consequently helping to prevent the swelling.

The good news is that varicose veins during pregnancy tend to disappear naturally after a woman has given birth.

If you require any advice or treatment for varicose vein during your pregnancy, get in touch with the Vascular Consultancy, specialists in providing advice, diagnosis and treatment for varicose veins and other vascular conditions.


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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