Can You Take a Bath After Sclerotherapy?
An outpatient vein treatment frequently used to address varicose veins and spider veins is called sclerotherapy. During this procedure, a vein specialist uses a very fine needle to slowly inject a solution into the affected vein, causing it to close off. Once the affected vein collapses, the blood reroutes to healthier veins. As time passes, the body reabsorbs the treated vein.
Directly following your sclerotherapy treatment, you should avoid hot baths, hot showers, hot tubs, hot compresses, whirlpools and saunas for at least a few days because the heat emitted during these activities causes the veins to dilate (enlarge).
What to Expect as You Recover
After your sclerotherapy procedure, your recovery should be brief. You will be able to walk immediately and most likely return to your normal daily routine; nonetheless, you should still plan on taking it easy for a couple days.
You Will Wear Compression Stockings
Once your sclerotherapy procedure is complete, you will need to wear compression stockings for two to three weeks. These medical grade garments apply a gentle pressure to your lower legs. This gentle pressure helps the blood flow smoothly through your veins.
You Can Shower 48 hours After Your Vein Treatment
While a bath is not permitted, you may take a warm shower 48-hours after your procedure. Gently clean the injection sites using a mild soap and lukewarm water. After your shower, avoid rubbing your legs dry and instead, pat your injection sites. Be sure to put your compression stockings back on after your shower.
Avoid Certain Medications
Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications and ibuprofen for the first 48-hours following your vein treatment; but, if necessary, you may take Tylenol (i.e., acetaminophen).
Do Not Participate in Strenuous Activities
Whereas, sclerotherapy treatment does not usually require downtime, participating in strenuous activities following treatment before released to do so could disrupt your body’s ability to heal itself.
Strenuous activities include:
- Bike riding.
- Lifting weights.
- Aerobic exercise.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
In order to allow the treated areas to heal correctly, do not expose them to the sun for three weeks following treatment.
Do Not Forget to Make Your Follow-Up Appointments
You need to see your vein specialist after your sclerotherapy procedure. During these visits, your specialist will assess the area treated and make sure your body is healing as expected.
When to Call 911
If at any point you think you may need emergency care, do not hesitate to call 911.
Reasons to call 911 include:
- Having difficulty breathing.
- The sudden onset of chest pain, especially if accompanied by shortness of breath.
- A loss of consciousness.
- Coughing up blood.
- Open sores where the solution was injected into your veins.
If you have any of the symptoms listed below, you may have blood clots and you need to seek emergency care:
- Pain in your thigh, calf, groin or the back of the knee.
- Inflammation in your groin and/or your leg.
- Difficulty with balance.
- Problems seeing.
- Pain that remains even after taking pain medication.
Blood clots are dangerous, which is why seeking treatment right away is essential. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) refers to a condition in which a blood clot forms in a vein. Left untreated, the clot may break free and cause a pulmonary embolism, which is a serious problem in the lung.
If you have signs of infection, call the office at 480-835-6100 or seek emergency care:
- Warmth, inflammation and increased pain at the injection areas.
- A fever.
- Red streaks leading from an injection area.
- Pus is draining out of an injection area.
If you are interested in learning more about the vein treatments available, contact Tri-City Cardiology today at 480-835-6100 or use our online form by clicking here. The vein specialists at Tri-City Cardiology’s Vein Center provide each patient with personalized, quality care.