This page is based on my personal experience and research on a number of varicose veins, and may not be appropriate for those with a different condition. I am not a medical doctor, nor am I affiliated with any health care organization. I am only providing this information on a voluntary basis. If you have questions, or have medical or financial concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. This page is not a medical recommendation. The most important thing to remember is that varicose veins are not an infection. They are caused by the immune system trying to fight infections, but the varicose veins actually become infected by the same immune system cells that fight against infections. This means that the inflammation caused by the varicose veins is in fact the result of a bacterial infection of the veins. So, if you get varicose veins, the bacteria may be in the veins or in the body fluids or food. The bacteria can cause varicose veins on the surface of the skin, but the bacteria will not be able to enter the veins. If you have varicose veins and are worried about it, talk to your doctor. Some doctors recommend using an antibiotic ointment (medicated cream) in case of varicose veins.