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Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins Causes

Blood is not properly circulated form the rest of the body to the heart. Wherein, to return blood to the body the legs must work against gravity. The valves in the veins may become weak as an individual grows old and loss its elasticity which causes the blood to flow backward instead of going towards the heart. So, blood pools in the veins and veins becomes enlarged which leads to varicose. Varicose veins appear blue because they have deoxygenated blood.

Varicose Veins Definition

Varicose veins looks like gnarled, enlarged veins. The veins that are usually affected are those found in the legs and feet. For other people pain and discomfort can be felt. Varicose veins can also indicate other disorders especially in the circulatory system.

Varicose Veins Diagnosis

The doctor will perform an examination in your legs or the affected area for swelling. The doctor might also ask the patient to describe the pain or aches felt. An ultrasound is done to check if valves in the veins are working properly. The doctor may refer you to a phlebologist that specializes in vein conditions.

Varicose Veins Symptoms and Signs

Achy or heavy sensation in the legs Swelling in the lower legs Pain in the lower leg that is throbbing and burning Extended hours of sitting and standing make the legs worse Itching around the veins Skin ulcers near the ankle (for severe cases)

Varicose Veins Treatment

Simple treatments include exercising, losing weight, avoid wearing tight clothes and shoes, avoid using heels and avoid prolonged standing and sitting. For severe cases treatment include sclerotherapy, laser surgeries, catheter-assisted procedures, vein stripping, ambulatory phlebectomy and endoscopic vein surgery. Make sure that you consult a specialist before undergoing any procedures.

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