What are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged, gnarled veins. Almost any vein can become varicose, but those veins which are most likely to be affected are the ones in the feet as well as the legs. This is because walking or standing can increase the pressure in the veins of the lower part of the body.
For most individuals, varicose veins as well as spider veins which are a mild but common variation of varicose veins are merely a concern of appearance. But for some other individuals, varicose veins may cause discomfort as well as aching pain. Often varicose veins can cause more serious problems to occur. Varicose veins can also be a signal of a larger risk of more circulatory problems. The treatment can involve self-care procedures or measures by your primary care physician to remove or close these veins.
Varicose veins normally cause no pain. Signs or symptoms that you could have varicose veins include:
- Veins which are dark blue or purple in color
- Veins which appear bulging as well as twisted; often resembling cords on the legs
Varicose veins can also develop in other parts of the legs, from the groin to the ankle.
When painful symptoms or signs do occur, they can include:
- A heavy or achy feeling in the legs
- Throbbing, burning, muscle swelling or cramping in the lower legs
- Pains which are worse after standing or sitting for a long time
- Itching surround 1 or more of your veins
Skin ulcers near the ankle can mean you might have a severe form of vascular disease which requires medical treatment.
Spider veins are related to varicose veins, except they are much smaller. Spider veins are usually found near the skin’s surface and are often blue or red. They develop on the legs, but may also be found on the face. Spider veins can vary in sizes and usually look like a spider’s web.
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