Varicose Veins: Why It Exists and How to Avoid
By Emaratiya On 2 Feb, 2017 At 06:25 AM | Categorized As Health, Who are you, woman | No Comments
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Varicose Veins 1

Varicose veins often appear at the lower legs and mostly at the back part of your legs. These veins have an appearance of red or bluish turning to purple color and are often painful. Varicose veins are formed when your veins become enlarged, dilated, and overfilled with blood making it look swollen and embossed veins beneath the skin. This may occur to both men and women, but in most cases women.

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Varicose Veins 2

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Varicose Veins 3

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Common Causes of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are results of veins failing to function properly. Veins are passage of blood pumped to different parts of our body, and with veins which do not function properly, blood tend to collect into the veins which causes it to swell. This usually happens in the lower extremities as these are the farthest from the heart and gravity makes it harder for the blood to flow upward.

Other Potential Causes of Varicose Veins

1.) Chronic heart valve conditions, which are usually congenital

2.) Pregnancy

3.) Menopause

4.) Standing for long periods of time

5.) Pressure on the midsection of the body, especially the abdomen

6.) Obesity, which adds weight to the body and increases the pressure on the legs

Symptoms of Varicose Veins

Apart from the physical symptoms of varicose veins which is curly veins in the lower back legs, it usually comes with pain and swelling. In some cases, swelling and discoloration shows on your ankles as well.

How to Treat and Prevent

1.) Lifestyle Changes

– Avoid standing for extended periods of time.

– Avoid excessive sun exposure.

– Lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

– Exercise to improve your leg strength.

– Refrain from crossing your legs for extended periods of time.

– If you already have varicose veins, you should take the steps above to prevent new varicose veins. You – should also elevate your legs whenever you’re resting or sleeping.

2.) Compression

Doctor may recommend patients to use compression stockings so blood can flow easily to your heart.

3.) Surgery

If the pain is severe that gives you total discomfort, go to doctor and a surgery might be needed in which the doctor removes the varicose veins by cutting through your skin.

4.) Other Treatment Options

If you are afraid of an operation or getting your skin sliced by the doctor. You can visit clinics which offers laser removal of varicose veins.

Doctor Examining Woman's Legs

Doctor Examining Woman’s Legs

Note: For pregnant women, it is recommended to pay a visit to a doctor and seek proper medical advice.

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