Reasons For Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins are swollen and twisted veins. It is usually used for referring to the veins on the leg, but it can also happen in other parts of the body. Varicose Veins are found near the surface of the skin and is visible under the skin. Whenever the veins become varicose the valves in the veins do not function properly due to which blood moves backwards and swells up. Varicose Veins causes pain when a person is walking or even standing.

The area around the Varicose veins tend to itch a lot and if scratched may cause ulcers. Varicose veins can either be small or large in length. The smaller ones are called “Thread Veins or Spider Veins”.
Varicose veins can be caused due to various factors like AGE, HEREDITY, and OBESITY etc. Patients who suffer from varicose veins should consult a Doctor who specializes in VEINS. These Doctors are called Phlebologists.
Varicose veins have many SYMPTOMS
some of them are
  • Continuous aching of the legs, which gets worse at night and after exercising.
  • Swelling up of the region around the ankle.
  • Skin turning blue near the affected areas or discoloration of the skin.
  • The affected area becomes dry, reddish, and itchy due to the accumulation of waste products in the leg.
  • Sudden cramps might develop while standing or walking.
  • There are chances of the skin around the ankle to shrink because the fat under the skin becomes dry and hard.
  • Nicks and cuts may bleed more than normal and might take longer time to heal.
  • The skin might become patchy and white. 
The chances of varicose veins increase with increase in age. It is usually hereditary and runs in the family. The problem becomes more acute during pregnancy and obesity.
It is said varicose veins are more common in women than men, which is not always the case. Women do get periodic evaluation done as far as varicose veins are concerned. Men on the other hand are known not to give much importance to these tests, but varicose veins affect men and women equally. Men just tend to get away because they wear trousers and have hairy legs which do not get noticed quickly.
If varicose veins cause a lot of trouble and pain, it is advisable to consult a Phlebologist. A Phlebologist is a doctor who specializes in problems related to veins especially varicose veins. If not treated properly varicose veins can cause a lot of problems such as 
  • Prolonged pain and heaviness of the legs which may make it difficult to stand and walk continuously for a long time. This can be a big problem for people who work for long hours standing, especially in factories.
  • Skin diseases like Dermatitis can happen.
  • Formation of skin ulcers especially around the ankle has also been reported, these ulcers tend to burn a lot, and itch when it dries up.
  • Small cuts can result in abnormal bleeding and might longer than usual to heal up.
  • Blood clotting of the veins around the affected area. This clotting sometimes tends to spread into the deeper veins which becomes a serious problem.
A recent study has shown that women tend to develop varicose veins during pregnancy or the existing varicose veins swell up and become larger. However this common belief that pregnancy causes varicose vein is untrue. It is true that Pregnancy does have an affect on veins but it’s not entirely because of that.
The symptoms of varicose veins can be controlled in the following manner
  • Lifting the legs upwards can provide relief and rest to the legs and promote blood supply in the legs.
  • Regular exercising should be avoided as there is no proof that it helps.
  • Wearing Compression Stockings can help in improving the swelling of the legs.
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines can also be use to get relief. 
Even though there are many allopathic ways of reducing and curing varicose veins natural healing is always recommended over a doctors medicine. Some ways to do this are
  • Weight should be kept in check.
  • Fiber rich foods are advised over refined foods.
  • Avoid smoking, drinking and maintain a healthy diet.
  • Less intake of salt should be there.

Top Comments

add here. wear a comfortable firm stiokcngs so it will regulate the blood properly on the legs. Reason of varicose veins are traffic bloods in small veins that tends to compensate with the bunch of bloods passing by, tendency to bloat that's been seen in the legs.(in lay-mans term) and at midnight raise foot elevated than the heart.
by Victor     07-Aug-2012

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