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This treatment is rarely available on the NHS and is undertaken by several specialists including nurses and other therapists. It is wise to consult a vein specialist before undertaking any treatment. .
In general large varicose veins are treated first and the thread or spider veins are treated with a combination of sclerotherapy and skin laser.
Sclerotherapy is used to treat reticular veins and larger thread veins. A sclerosing agent is injected into the vein via a very fine gauge needle. The resulting vein irritation causes it to occlude. Compression is then applied to the vein area with stockings or bandages These stay on for 3 to 5 days depending on the size of the vein injected.
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