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When to See a Doctor About Leg Cramps Dec 1st, 2021

As many as 60% of American adults know the sensation of being jolted awake by the pain of a spasming calf muscle. Though leg cramps typically don’t last very long, you’re temporarily unable to use the cramped muscle and, of course, your sleep is disrupted.  Though the process behind leg...

Which is Better for Varicose Veins: Sclerotherapy or Endovenous Ablation? Nov 1st, 2021

Varicose veins are, for many, a cosmetic issue, because the twisted, discolored blood vessels affect the look of their legs. Often resulting from long stretches of time spent sitting or standing, the veins start to fail and blood begins to pool, creating the characteristic appearance of spider and varicose veins. ...

The Best Treatment for Stasis Dermatitis Oct 1st, 2021

It’s common for the skin of the lower legs to suffer from venous issues. Returning blood from the feet to the heart works against gravity for two-thirds of the day, placing a burden on the valves inside veins that help prevent the backward flow of blood.  Retaining fluids in the...

What Causes Edema? Sep 1st, 2021

When you have swollen, puffy feet or ankles, it may be a sign of a long day on your feet, an injury to that part of your body, or a response to a disease or condition affecting you. No matter what the source, this fluid retention is called edema.  Even...

5 Signs of a Venous Ulcer Aug 2nd, 2021

Accounting for about 600,000 cases per year, venous ulcers account for up to 90% of slow-healing ulcers on the lower leg. These ulcers are due to problems with the flow of blood returning to your heart and lungs, aggravated by the fact that your body works against the force of...

Do Cysts Go Away on their Own? Jul 7th, 2021

Your body is capable of developing a wide range of lumps and bumps, and one of the more common types are epidermoid cysts. Luckily, these are also one of the most harmless. While they can potentially develop anywhere on your body, they most often appear on your face, neck, and...

Who Is At Risk for Stasis Dermatitis? Jun 7th, 2021

Circulation issues in your lower legs often stem from the failure of valves located along a vein’s length. These valves support the forward movement of blood during its journey back to the heart and lungs. In your legs, veins are often working against the force of gravity, placing extra pressure...

Check Your Moles Using the ABCDE Method May 11th, 2021

About 20% of all Americans will experience skin cancer by the age of 70. It’s the most common form of the disease and, fortunately, it’s also one of the most survivable. While moles on your skin are harmless, some forms of cancer can mimic their appearance or a cancerous lesion...

Is a Lipoma a Serious Condition? Apr 6th, 2021

Usually forming between skin and muscle, a lipoma is simply an unusual store of fat. It’s not cancerous, nor will it usually cause pain, unless there are nerves or blood vessels nearby. However, lipomas appear as lumps under your skin, so it’s best to have these checked by a medical...

The Differences Between Spider and Varicose Veins Mar 9th, 2021

While there are places on your body where it’s normal to see blood vessels through the skin, like your wrists and hands, there are other places where the appearance of spider and varicose veins aren’t normal. Often, their appearance can be an aesthetic drawback, interfering with the normally smooth color...

Non-melanoma Skin Cancer vs. Melanoma Feb 4th, 2021

The total cases of skin cancer every year outnumber the total of all other types of cancer combined. Fortunately, the vast majority of the cases are cancer types such as basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinoma that typically have successful treatment rates, particularly when detected early.  Melanoma, on the...

What Causes Throbbing Veins Before Your Period? Jan 11th, 2021

You may have plenty of symptoms tied to your menstrual period that already interfere with daily life for a few days each month. When leg veins begin to throb, too, a few days before your period, you have another distraction. However, it’s not your imagination. There are circumstances where hormones...

Winter Skincare Tips: Sun Protection Still Matters Dec 1st, 2020

It’s easy to think it’s time to pack away the sunscreen somewhere around Halloween. Sunny days are still welcome, but there’s no sensation of dangerous heat hitting your skin in the middle of the day. You’re also dressed for the weather, with much less exposed skin. Beautiful fall days are...

How Aging Impacts Your Veins Nov 1st, 2020

The average person has about 100,000 miles of blood vessels in their body. Arteries deliver blood to your cells through a network of capillaries that then return blood to veins and complete the journey back to your heart.  Blood vessel research typically favors the arteries, so much is understood about...

Tips for Dealing With Common Warts Oct 4th, 2020

No one likes warts, those patches of rough, scaly skin most often found on your hands. Avoiding them, though, can be tricky since it takes two to six months for warts to appear after infection. You can pick up the wart-causing strains of the human papillomavirus from contact with others,...

The Importance of a Post-Summer Skin Check Sep 2nd, 2020

The unfortunate truth is that anyone can get skin cancer. It’s the most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States, but there’s good news in the fact that it’s also one of the most survivable, especially when detected early.  Exposure to sunlight is often the biggest reason behind...

When Varicose Veins Become Symptomatic Aug 14th, 2020

The twisted and gnarled blood vessels close to the surface of the skin of your legs, called varicose veins, usually thought of as producing only cosmetic effects. They take on blue or purple hues and may form skin bulges. These veins can do produce symptoms other than physical appearance, and,...

How a Problem With Your Veins May Lead to Pelvic Pain Jul 8th, 2020

Occasional pelvic pain is part of being a woman. Often, it’s something that accompanies your menstrual cycle, when bloating and cramping may take up a day or more of your month. When pelvic pain lasts longer than six months, though, you’re not dealing with ordinary pain. It’s now chronic, and...

Lumps, Bumps, and Cysts: When to Seek Treatment Jun 17th, 2020

There’s no need to panic if you notice a new lump or bump on your skin. There are literally hundreds of conditions that could cause these, and most of them are harmless. Still, there are rare occasions when that bump could need treatment and even fewer that may suggest a...

Which Type of Sunscreen is Best? Here's What You Need to Know May 12th, 2020

Many people love the look of golden, tanned skin. But if you spend a lot of time in the sun, you may have made a decision that puts you at risk. Every time you overexpose your skin to the sun’s harmful UV rays, it causes cell damage that can lead...

Why Do I Have Varicose Veins? Common Risk Factors Apr 28th, 2020

The failing valves cause reversed flow of blood in the veins. What symptoms people get are due to this reversed flow of blood. This phenomenon is called venous reflux disease, venous incompetence, venous hypertension, or chronic venous insufficiency.  One of the signs of this pathological process is formation of varicose...

How Mole Mapping Can Help You Prevent Cancer Mar 3rd, 2020

Medically known as nevi, you likely call these brown and black spots moles. Small clusters of skin pigment, most moles are harmless, and people usually have between 10 and 40 scattered over their body. In rare cases, moles can become cancerous, and they can also indicate raised risk for some types...

Understanding Liquid Sclerotherapy Feb 1st, 2020

It might be unusual to think of irritation as a good thing, but if you’re unhappy with the appearance of varicose and spider veins, a little irritation is just what you need. If you haven’t heard of liquid sclerotherapy for treating varicose veins, it may be the solution you need...

Types of Warts and How They’re Treated Jan 1st, 2020

Warts are small, raised growths that appear on your hands, feet, and other places on the body. They’re caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are benign. Since there are more than 100 types of HPV, warts vary in appearance based on the type of HPV that caused the growth....

What Is Edema and How Is It Treated? Dec 1st, 2019

If you’re experiencing swelling in your legs and ankles, you could have a condition known as edema. Swelling from edema ranges from mild to severe, and it often leads to trouble walking. Edema may even make it difficult to breathe. Some patients report their symptoms are so severe that they...

Spotting the Warning Signs of Skin Cancer Nov 1st, 2019

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the world, and 1 in 5 Americans develops the disease during their lifetime. Skin cancer develops when abnormal cell changes occur in the outer layer of your skin. There are preventive measures you can take to reduce your risk of...

3 Benefits of Sclerotherapy Oct 1st, 2019

Spider and varicose veins may be keeping you from wearing your outfit of choice confidently. Luckily, there are professional treatments available that can diminish the appearance of those veins. Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive medical procedure that can help you gain back your confidence while avoiding adverse symptoms. At MD...

Ulcers, Swelling, and Cramping: Spotting the Warning Signs of Vein Disease Aug 31st, 2019

If your body is a car, the heart is the engine. It pumps blood through your body to supply oxygen to your organs and tissues. Even though the heart is a central part of blood flow, it relies on multiple accessories, like veins, to keep things moving. In your legs,...

Full Body Skin Photography: Why Is Right for You? Aug 1st, 2019

Approximately 3.3 million Americans receive a diagnosis of non-melanoma skin cancer each year. An equally alarming number are diagnosed with the more deadly skin cancer of melanoma. The best way to beat skin cancer is to catch it in its earliest phases, by being alert to changes in your skin....

Beyond Sunscreen: Summertime Tips to Prevent Skin Cancer and Other Sun-Related Skin Issues Jul 9th, 2019

Did you know that in the United States, skin cancer is more prevalent than all other cancers combined? As skin care experts, we at MD Vein & Skin Specialists Columbia, Maryland, are passionate about delivering a holistic skin care treatment plan. We don’t only treat your skin problems, but go...

Ankle Discoloration: Causes and Treatment Options Jun 1st, 2019

Discolored ankles can be unsightly to look at and affect your self-esteem and confidence, but what causes the discoloration and is there anything that can be done about it? If you’ve been skipping skirts and shorts because of the color of your ankles, Dr. Clement Banda has the lowdown on...

How Endovenous Ablation Can Repair Your Damaged Veins May 6th, 2019

Between 25%  and 30% of adult Americans have varicose vein disease. Characterized by enlarged, bluish-purple veins just under the surface of your skin, varicose veins often appear on legs and feet. However, an extensive network of invisible, to-the-naked-eye, varicose veins For most people, varicose veins are painless. But for others,...

Risk Factors Associated With Chronic Venous Hypertension Apr 15th, 2019

Your body uses a complex system of arteries and veins to carry blood throughout your body. Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart to your organs and muscles, while veins return blood back to your heart and lungs for reoxygenation. When veins get damaged, blood flow back to your heart...

3 Great Tips For Minimizing The Appearance Of Spider Veins Mar 1st, 2019

If you’ve started seeing small, visible veins on your legs that look like webs, then you’re likely seeing spider veins. Blood can accumulate in the veins that push blood back to your heart if the valves in them get damaged. When blood accumulates in these veins, the veins can swell...

Why Venous Thrombosis Should Always Be Taken Seriously Feb 1st, 2019

If you’ve ever been given compression stockings to wear on a long haul flight, you’ve probably been told that it’s to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT). But what is venous thrombosis, and why does it pose such a risk? Venous thrombosis is a condition caused by blood clots developing in...

Understanding Your Options for Treating Damaged Veins Jan 11th, 2019

Your body is filled with veins and arteries that transport blood to and from your heart. Your blood delivers life-giving oxygen and nutrients to your muscles and bone tissues. Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart, and veins bring blood back to your heart. Veins have one-way valves that keep...

Why Winter Is the Best Time to Treat Varicose Veins Dec 10th, 2018

Varicose veins can cramp your style in the summer, making it nearly impossible to confidently wear shorts or swimsuits without others noticing the veins. Fortunately, varicose vein treatment exists. MD Vein & Skin Specialists in Columbia, Maryland has the methods, tools, and expertise to treat varicose veins so they are...

The Importance of Routine Skin Cancer Checks Nov 15th, 2018

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during our lifetimes and that 9,500 of us are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. Most skin cancer is highly treatable if it is diagnosed early enough,...

Can You Prevent Varicose Veins? Oct 29th, 2018

What causes varicose veins? The first step to understanding how to prevent varicose veins is understanding what they are. One out of five adults has varicose veins. They're twice as common among women as men. These twisty, rope-looking bulges on the legs under the skin, which are often blue, can...

Why You Should Never Ignore Leg Cramps Sep 25th, 2018

One minute you're in your groove during a workout at the gym, finishing a walk around the block, or even sleeping like a baby when suddenly you're doubled over with intense out-of-the-blue leg pain. Say hello to a leg cramp.Also called a "charley horse," a cramp occurs when the muscle...

Ankle Discoloration: A Sign of Vein Disease Jun 14th, 2018

Do you or someone you know have foot or ankle discoloration? Have you noticed swelling or indents from socks that worsen later in the day? These may be signs of Vein Disease.Ankle Discoloration / Areas of darker skin color in the lower leg, ankle or foot may be from hemosiderin...

Fall: Best Time to Treat Varicose Veins Nov 13th, 2017

Are you fatigued, tired, or have heavy-feeling legs at the end of the day? Do you have swollen ankles that get worse the longer you are on your feet? If so, did you know that fall is a great time of year to treat Varicose Veins?Fall is a great time...

The Joint Commission Jan 20th, 2017

Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation from The Joint CommissionMD Laser Surgery Center today announced it has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its nationally recognized standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to...

Eat your fruits and vegetables! Apr 4th, 2016

Turns out your mother wasn’t kidding! A nutrient called a bioflavonoid can help to strengthen the walls and valves of your veins. Bioflavonoids are plant pigments responsible for the color in fruits and vegetables, especially in dark leafy greens, berries, garlic and onions.Listen to Mom! Make a point to have...

Seated Forward Bend Sep 3rd, 2015

Health Tip Tuesday:This yoga position stretches the hamstrings and helps to relieve pain caused by varicose veins. Start by sitting on the floor and stretching your legs in front of you. Hold your spine straight and slowly bend forward towards your toes, as far as you can go. Hold this...

Won’t I Need These Veins? Jun 3rd, 2015

Have you ever talked to a friend or searched online to find out about treatments for your varicose or spider veins? Were you left with more questions than answers? Do you want to get treatment but the concept of removing veins concerns you?Don’t worry you’re not alone.One of the most...

Exercising for Healthy Veins Apr 21st, 2015

Because vein issues may arise from prolonged sitting or standing, exercise is an important way to keep your veins healthy. The blood circulation that happens during a calf workout helps to decrease the chance of a vein disease. Walking is helpful because it’s a low-impact activity that works out your...

It’s Medical Fitness Week! Apr 20th, 2015

Exercise is very important in maintaining healthy veins because it helps to keep the blood circulating. This week participate in the Worldwide Walking Challenge, WALK10K, and keep moving to keep your veins healthy!Free Leg Health ScreeningSchedule Your Free Leg Health Screening with Dr. Banda Today! Call (443) 681-6367 now, or if you prefer, fill...

Happy Easter! Apr 8th, 2015

Happy Easter from MD Vein & Skin Specialists! Wishing your Easter is decorated with love, peace, and the joys of Spring!

Remember Your Sunscreen! Apr 7th, 2015

Health Tip Tuesday – Remember Your Sunscreen!Spring, Summer, and good weather is coming quick! Did you know that prolonged sun exposure can be harmful to your veins? If you are a fair-skinned person, sun exposure can cause spider veins on the cheeks or nose. As the weather gets better and...

National Walking Day – April 1st Apr 1st, 2015

We’re spending more time at work and sitting in front of a screen than ever before. We’re becoming less active, which can increase our risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases. Take the first step to a healthier life by taking part in the American Heart Association’s National Walking...

First Day of Spring Mar 20th, 2015

Today is the first day of spring! Summer is right around the corner!

Daylight Savings Time Mar 8th, 2015

A friendly reminder from our staff at MD Vein & Skin Specialists to set your clocks ahead for Daylight Savings time Saturday night!

Compression Stockings Relieve Tired, Aching Legs Mar 5th, 2015

Prescription Strength Compression StockingsPrescription strength compression stockings help improve blood circulation and force fluid out of swollen legs and ankles.These stockings apply external pressure to the leg to reduce venous pressure within the limb. The pressure applied is greatest at the ankle and declines as the stockings move up the...