What to Do After Sclerotherapy Treatment
Posted on July 20, 2010 by Ella Fedonenko
- Immediately following your procedure, it’s important to wear support hose and walk for 10-30 minutes. This is why it’s also important to have loose-fitting slacks/skirt and comfortable walking shoes with you.
- About 24 to 48 hours after the treatment, the compression pads/cotton balls that were placed over the veins are gently removed. Note: If you develop a tape allergy as seen by redness or a rash, simply remove the tape and put on support stockings.
- If you remove the tape prior to 24 hours, try to wear support hose. If sclerotherapy was not performed on your ankles, you may cut the feet off the support hose and wear them like this.
- Maintain normal activities as much as possible. Walk as often as you can and avoid standing in the same position for a prolonged period of time
- Avoid strenuous physical activities, such as high-impact aerobics, running, and weight lifting for the first 48-72 hours following treatment.
- Avoid hot baths for 2 weeks; Cool your legs with cold water after each shower.
- Avoid sunbathing and ultraviolet exposure for at least one week following treatment.
- Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools for 48 hours following treatment.
- Avoid blood-thinning medications, such as Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, etc.) for 24-48 hours following treatment.
- If you experience any redness or a small lump, use warm compresses over the area several times a day.
- Apply Polysporin Ointment (NOT Neosporin) along with warm compresses.
- Avoid flying for 48 hours after Sclerotherapy treatment.