In general, varicose veins must not necessarily be a serious issue to concern. In some cases, the look of the veins may be the reason to get scared. But it doesn’t mean that varicose veins are nothing to worry about. It might be related to an underlying issue, which may be severe. But because it has become so common, we tend to usually normalize it.
In this article, we will take a closer look at what exactly are varicose veins, their causes, when to worry, and more.
What Are Varicose Veins And How To Take Care Of It!
Varicose veins are gnarled, enlarged veins that bulge out of your skin. They sometimes may be itchy and painful. It appears in purple and blue color. It is the veins that have become damaged. It can appear anywhere in your body, but it is most commonly seen on the legs of people because of the increase in the pressure of blood in your veins. It is seen mostly in women and persons who are above the age of 50.
Causes of varicose veins
The veins and the blood vessels are the main actors in this. The blood in the veins travels in one direction and the valves help to prevent the blood from flowing backward. If the valves fail, then the veins get enlarged and twisted and appear blueish.
Varicose veins can occur due to several reasons including:
- A family history in varicose veins
- Standing for a long period
When to worry about varicose veins?
If you experience sudden pain or swelling in your body part where the varicose veins occur, it should not be avoided. You must immediately consult your doctor.
Becoming extremely tired and having poor sleeping patterns may be justifiable symptoms considering the severity of the problem.
There is a chance of inflammation happening to persons with varicose veins, and instant medical supervision is required in these situations.
But if the condition is not severe, then a slight amount of changes in the lifestyle would do.
Treating varicose veins
In the early stages, it is recommended to make positive changes to your lifestyle. Doing a little bit of exercise will maintain the health of your whole body along with the veins. Standing for too long must be avoided as it gives a lot of pressure on the blood vessels on the legs.
Wearing compression socks is preferred. It helps the blood vessels in the legs to function properly. It basically compresses the area making it easier for the blood to flow more efficiently.
If the lifestyle change does not help you enough, you may want to proceed with any medical surgeries after proper discussion with your doctor. There are some recommended surgeries which are,
Laser treatment in which the veins are made to disappear using laser light. Sclerotherapy uses an injection to treat the varicose veins. There are other types of treatments as well. High ligation and vein stripping, Ambulatory phlebectomy are some of them. Some therapies make use of radiofrequency waves too.
There are many people with varicose veins; it is a common condition. It is not a serious issue to worry about to some extent. It can be treated easily even without any surgeries at the earliest stage. Nevertheless, it can be severe sometimes which may make you want to give medical attention as soon as possible otherwise it may get even worse with the passing time. You should choose the right kind of treatment and get rid of the purple veins for the better.
Dr. Edward Zelman
Dr. Edward Zelman works as a Neurologist with the expertise of over 15 years, helping more than thousands to get back in complete health through his research-proven treatments. He earned his Masters from Harvard University and completed his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Dr. Edward Zelman is one of the notable names in the medical industry for his work in pain management, chronic disorder, and so on. He is also a former faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At present, Dr. Edward Zelman is researching safe and effective natural remedies that can restore as well as maintain the youthful functioning of the body.
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