Varicose Veins Symptoms

Many women and men have experienced varicose veins symptoms at some point.
Is likely that you have heard of varicose veins, or perhaps you have heard of them as spider veins.

The very visible veins can be somewhat frightening but there are a variety of causes that can develop them. The key is to understand what they are, why they may appear, the symptoms associated with them, and treatment options. If you have all of that in mind, you can be sure that varicose veins are manageable.

While they can be found in other areas of your body, they are most commonly seen in your legs. Often they are dark blue or purple, but they can sometimes appear as the color of the skin. They are typically raised and almost look like a cord underneath your skin. Additionally, spider veins are also very visible, but they are smaller. Usually these are reddish or blue in color and often just a bit closer to the surface than traditional varicose veins.

These veins can appear for a variety of different reasons.

Aging is one of the most common causes. Simply as we get older, they may appear.
However, that is not the only reason. They can also develop during pregnancy, while you are suffering from a leg injury, dealing with obesity. Or if you work in a position that requires you to stand for a great deal of time, like waiting tables.

Leg with varicose veins

Once you have developed them you may start to notice some varicose veins symptoms. Often they can cause your legs to feel tired very quickly. Additionally, you may notice that you are dealing with leg swelling, itching, or even numbness in your legs. You must also be careful of developing blood clots, infections, or sores on the affected areas.

General treatment

You can do some things to prevent the development of varicose and spider veins. If you are exercising, eating a healthy low sodium diet, and wear support stockings you might be able to keep them practically gone.

However, if you have them already you may want to see your doctor about your treatment options.

Typically, they will recommend medical options like: laser surgery, surgical litigation, sclerotherapy, endoscopic vein surgery, or ambulatory phlebectomy. Be aware that these treatment options are viable, but they are not necessarily a permanent cure.

Unfortunately, even after treatment varicose veins symptoms and spider veins could reappear. In fact, it is not uncommon to be required to wear compression support stockings during the day to help keep your circulation functioning properly.


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