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5 Facts About Varicose Veins You Should Know

If you stopped wearing short dresses and skirts because of varicose veins, don’t fall into despair.




Some studies show that varicose veins tend to be one of the most common leg problems in the United States. Today, there are a lot of treatment options for this condition. But first of all, you need to understand your varicose veins problem. In this article, we gathered five facts about varicose veins you should know.


Heredity has a great impact on veins

If you have noticed that some of your close relatives are suffering from varicose veins, you have an increased risk factor to develop them over time. More than 75 percent of people with varicose veins report that their parents or grandparents also had this condition. But there are still a lot of other risk factors such as aging, obesity, pregnancy (increased blood production in order to support an embryo) and even being a woman.


Weak valves are the most common cause of varicose veins

Arteries and capillaries carry blood that is rich in oxygen to your body organs. Veins bring all this blood back to the heart. That’s why your leg veins have a significant amount of work because they need to transport your blood up against gravity. Valves on veins tend to be one-way but they can weaken over time. This can lead to reverse blood flow which will accumulate in your veins and create varicose veins and bulges.


One varicose vein increases your risk to get more

The presence of a defective vein in one place can actually put you at risk to develop varicose veins in other places. Moreover, the re-growth of the varicose veins is also possible. Despite the fact that vein treatment can help you get rid of a varicose vein, they can still appear again.

If you want to start the proper treatment, you can consult your doctor. After a physical exam, he or she will be able to recommend you to visit a specialist (for example, a dermatologist, vascular surgeon, or phlebologist), because only a professional can determine the most suitable treatment option.


Your lifestyle has a great impact on your veins

Despite the fact that a lot of varicose vein causes can’t be managed, there is something you can do in order to improve the situation. First and foremost you should avoid prolonged sitting and standing. Maintaining a healthy weight is one more important factor in preventing varicose veins. It is recommended to avoid wearing tight clothes that put excessive pressure on your waist and hips. Moreover, high heels can increase your risk of developing varicose veins over time.


Varicose veins are both a cosmetic and health problem

Some people don’t feel any discomfort or painfull sensations from their varicose veins. Others can have very unpleasant symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Cramping
  • Restless legs
  • Numbness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Tiredness
  • Aching
  • Heaviness
  • Tightness

Despite the fact that some people with varicose veins can leave them untreated, it is always better to consult your doctor especially if you have some swelling or pain. If your varicose veins start to bleed, you should visit your doctor immediately to get emergency care. Without timely and proper treatment, varicose veins can lead to changes in the skin, the appearance of blood clots or poorly healing wounds.