Spider Veins – Cause and Treatments

Sometimes, you might have noticed red and blue blood vessels visible through your skin. Did you become slightly worried or embarrassed about them? Do you wonder what they are? They are known as spider veins. Let’s discuss the causes and various treatments of spider vein.

What causes spider veins?
Spider veins are a mild manifestation of venous reflux disease. This means a small, tangled groups of blood vessels found just beneath the skin’s surface. These dilated veins resemble tree spider webs or branches, and usually occur spread out on the legs and feet.

What are the risk factors?
Spider vein risk factors are similar to those associated with varicose veins, including older age, occupations requiring extended periods of standing, obesity, hormonal changes and heredity factors (weak vessel walls). People can also develop this condition due to prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays or as a result of weak vessel walls.

Considering the risk factors, some people will be more prone to this problem than others. For example, if you work as a surgeon, a nurse or a teacher, chances are high that you could develop spider veins. Similarly, if there is a family history of weak vein valves, the probability of developing spider veins is also high. The same applies regarding hormonal changes, which generally occur during puberty, pregnancy and menopause.

The exact cause of spider veins is yet to be established. Existing risk factors can be divided into two wide sub-divisions, i.e. congenital causes and acquired causes. In congenital causes, there port-wine stain, Maffucci’s syndrome and hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (also known as osler-weber-rendu syndrome), among others. The acquired causes include acne rosacea, chemotherapy and lifestyle/occupation risk factors (as discussed above).

What symptoms are associated with spider veins?
Spider veins are painful in some cases, with cramping and aching. They are also closely linked to heaviness in the legs, and throbbing, burning or tingling feelings. Also, other symptoms such as itching, swelling and fatigue can also be experienced. In advanced cases, this condition can establish large sores, phlebitis and ulcers. However, spider veins are detected by their appearance in the majority of incidences.

Tests and Diagnosis
Doctors generally use non-invasive diagnostic tests to diagnose this condition. These tests are perfectly safe and painless, with no needles, scalpels or medication being involved. The entire procedure is normally very brief, and probably won’t take you more than one hour.

There are three main questions that doctors seek to answer through these diagnostic tests. First, they are seeking to establish any evidence of deep vein blood clots. Secondly, they ascertain whether the veins are functioning properly. Lastly, they test the Greater Saphenous Vein (GSV) to determine whether it is working well or not.

Any competent vein specialist will always undertake this exercise before treating your condition. Some of the procedures that you can expect include:

*Color-flow Duplex Exam – This is used to evaluate the anatomy of the affected veins. It determines the direction of blood flow, openings and blockages. This procedure is also important in the process of vein mapping (needed for skin deep problems).

*Bi-directional Doppler Exam – This is an ultrasound exam used to determine the speed of blood flow and whether it pauses during normal breathing. It also seeks to identify whether the veins are working properly.

*Photoplethysmography – Phew! Don’t let this complicated medical term intimidate you. Photoplethysmography is basically a diagnostic procedure that determines the efficiency of your calf muscle pump.

*Pressure Calf Exam – In performing this exam, you’ll be asked to lie facing upwards with your legs lifted higher than your chest. This diagnostic procedure seeks to identify any vessel blockages.

Treatment
After establishing the specific nature of your problem, the doctor will then outline the right treatment for you. There are several available options:

Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy involves the doctor injecting a saline solution into the affected veins. The solution then damages the affected vessel walls, causing them to swell and seal shut. Within several weeks the scar tissue will fade. The procedure takes about thirty minutes, and has only mild side-effects. And although the injection may be a bit painful, the stinging sensation is usually gone within a few minutes.

Laser & Intense Pulsed Light
This treatment employs the use of a specialised device that focuses laser energy to the affected tissue. The procedure takes only 20 minutes, and has minimal side-effects.

Natural Remedies
Using natural remedies can mean the difference between undergoing medical procedures or not, and are valuable alongside medical treatment. Some of the recommended herbal remedies include:

*Horse Chestnut Seed – Studies show that this seed helps to improve blood circulation in the legs thus strengthening the veins and capillaries.

*Bilberry Extract – This herbal extract stimulates new capillary formation thus strengthening the capillary walls.

*Butchers Broom – This herb strengthens veins.

*Gotu Kola – A very effective extract which addresses venous insufficiency, foot swelling and water retention. It therefore provides a good solution to spider veins found on the legs.

*Distilled Witch Hazel – This is directly applied on the affected areas using a cotton ball. Numerous clinical studies have shown that this extract can help strengthen blood vessels.

Caution: For health safety purposes, do not start using any herbal remedies without consulting a qualified doctor.

Spider veins prevention
Two of the most important things regarding the prevention of spider veins are eating well and getting regular exercise. Eating a diet higher in fresh, raw fruits and vegetables than meat and convenience food is important, and if your job requires you to stand for a long time, you should regularly shift your body weight from one leg to another as well as standing evenly balanced.

To sum things up, the procedure of a spider vein removal is chosen according to several key factors. Your doctor will choose the optimum treatment options based on the results obtained from the diagnostic tests. We hope that this article will provide all the necessary guidance you need in addressing this problem.

For more information about spider veins Brisbane, contact the leg vein doctor Brisbane today.

“Offers Over” – why not just cut to the chase?

If you’ve browsed realestate.com.au recently, you will have seen lots of properties listed as “offers over”. You might be wondering why we do this rather than just applying a fixed price.

Why we do it?
Ultimately “offers over” exposes more people to your property online, if used the right way —let’s not forget that some 90% of our buyer enquiry comes through these channels.

For buyers, realesate.com.au has set price bands when searching (ie: $400k to $450k and $450-$500k). Generally, we recommend using ‘offers over’ when you’re on the cusp of a search band.

For example, if you are aiming for a price of $460k for your home. We would list it as ‘offers over $450k’ on realesate.com.au – your property will display for buyers browsing the $400-$450k price range as well as those browsing $450-$500k.

This exposes your property to more people and gets more people to your open (people who may not have considered your property before). Even if the price is slightly out of their price range – they showed up! It’s your agent’s job from there!

We recently listed a duplex in Fitzgibbon as “offers over $300k”, a move designed to encourage a larger subset of buyers to visit the property. The home sold for $315k—an impressive figure given that the highest previous sale for a similar home in the area was $290k!

Misuse of ‘offers over’…
In my experience many agents use ‘offers over’ to avoid the uncomfortable price discussion with their owners. It’s a way for them to list the house at what they (the agent) think it’s worth without agreeing on a clear price expectation with the owner.

Can you make an offer under on an ‘offers over’ property?

Our agents will always have a firm price that the owner is expecting. After all, the first question at the open is ‘how much’?

Buyers should have the capacity to buy at or above the price indicator. Although they can open negotiations with a lower price, almost always the property will sell at or above the indicator.

When we don’t use it…
It’s not effective if your price expectation is not in line with the market.

It’s also not as effective if your ‘offers over’ price sits in the middle of a search band. A property listed as “offers over $420k” will only display for buyers searching $400k-450k”. Of course there may be some exceptions here, but this is a common mistake many agents make!

And last but not least, ‘offers over’ pricing is also useful for auctions or when agents are a little unsure on the market value (ie: for a unique property).

So if we recommend “offers over” on your next houses for sale Aspley rest assured and take it in your stride!

To view property Aspley visit our web site. To find out more about Justin Watt, owner of Watt Realty and previous owner of Harcourts Aspley click here.

MiSMo MSM health supplements

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Apart from our range of skin care products, MiSMo also carries health supplements in the form of MSM (Organic Sulphur), Magnesium Gel and Magnesium Chloride Powder. If you have aches and pains and haven’t yet heard of MSM or tried this amazing supplement, you are missing out! MSM is a potent, yet natural food supplement which acts as an anti-inflammatory. MSM treats a large variety of health ailments including: Arthritic and joint pain, Acne, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Anti-ageing, Insect bites, Allergies, Itches or itchy skin, Sunburn, Minor burns, Constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gum inflammation, Muscle pain, Sore back and may improve Eye sight. In powder form, this can be taken orally; between 2-8 grams daily with water or orange juice.

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Kids Magician Brisbane – Johnny the Jester Rocks!

Johnny the Jester is a professional Brisbane children’s magician who provides all sorts of fun forms of entertainment for children to enjoy. He has performed magic shows for kids in schools, shopping centres and other places around Brisbane. He’s also performed Christmas Day shows for the past few years at the Mater Childrens Hospital while also working for the Royal Brisbane Hospital Wonder Factory. He currently has his work open for birthday parties and other private events around the Brisbane area.

His magic show is filled with all sorts of illusions and tricks that kids will love but it’s his python that’s especially popular. His python is pretty long and can be safely placed around anyone’s shoulders. While he loves to showcase this big python, he also talks about things like what to do when people see such a snake in the wild and how pythons vary based on their appearances and where they live.

For the past fifteen years, Johnny the Jester has been working as a Kids Magician Brisbane who has performed for all sorts of kids in a variety of places in and around Brisbane. He’s even performed at Stockland and Westfield to name a few other places. Today he’s available for Brisbane children’s parties.

He’s especially great at charming snakes and getting them to relax. His skills make it easy for people to watch his python in action and to get up close and personal with it.

Parents can even take pictures of their kids playing with the huge snake. Photo opportunities are not only open but also encouraged. This will certainly be great for parents and kids alike considering how unique the python demonstration is.

Johnny’s magic shows last about an hour with fifteen minutes dedicated to his python show. He has plenty of fun and interactive things to show for children and even has a rabbit and a dove for his show. One of his favourite things when setting up his shows is to have his rabbit and dove disappear and come back. He has many other illusions for kids to watch too.

He’ll even supply party bags for all the kids at his events. These include all sorts of fun and magical party favours.

Parents who are interested in hiring Johnny the Jester for Brisbane children’s parties can watch one of his shows for free on Friday and Saturday nights before choosing to book him for their events. He performs on Friday nights at the Everton Park Hotel and Saturday nights at the Monier Hotel.

He can even be hired for adult parties as well. Johnny the Jester is available for corporate events, weddings and promotional events at trade shows among other places. While children are his key focus, he is willing to entertain anyone.

Parents can also find all sorts of additional party products from Johnny the Jester. Jumping castles, popcorn machines and cotton candy machines are all available for rent from his site. He offers these products to rent for any party in Brisbane but he especially encourages them for his shows to make them more memorable.

Parents who are looking to find some attractive entertainment options for Brisbane children’s parties should see what Johnny the Jester has to offer. Johnny has a number of fun things to bring out in his children’s parties and will certainly make any event more fun.

Want a Facelift for your Home? Start with Your Roof

Go outside and stand in front of your house. Now take a good look at your home. What are your thoughts? Do things look like they could use a little facelift?

Your roof makes up to 50% of your home front, and a roof restoration can often be the most economic way of updating the look of your homes exterior in addition to giving you the most dramatic results. A fresh coat of paint on your roof can really breathe new life into the look of the whole house, and bring a modern look to an older home.

Choosing your roofs colour is the most important element in achieving the look and style you are going for. There are a few ways to help you with this decision.

* Tear sheets. Flip through magazines and if something strikes you, tear it out and put it in a binder. Eventually you’ll realize a trend in your choices… Just make sure this ‘trend’ will suite the house your about to paint.

* Taking a look at your pre-existing brick, choose a colour in the brick and bring it up to your roof. This is a great way of giving your house flowing visual appeal, when colours blend easily to the eye it gives the feeling of a well coordinated style.

* Dark colour are very on trend, especially with a rendered finished wall. Greys, blacks and a dark terracotta always are in high demand. Retaining heat can be a repercussion of being on roofing’s colour trend in our warm Queensland climate. Insulation and heat productive paint are two little secretes that can minimize the heat that you’ll feel inside your home.

For Roof Restorations Brisbane, Roof Restoration Gold Coast or Brisbane Roofing Services, contact your roofing specialist at Brisco Roofing on 1300 166 209.