when to worry about varicose veinsVaricose veins are twisted, swollen veins that occur from the veins filling up with an abnormal collection of blood. The most common areas for varicose veins are in the legs, ankle, and feet. This condition can affect anyone at any age; however, women and older individuals are at a higher risk of developing varicose veins. In most cases, varicose veins do not cause pain and are not life-threatening.

Normally, after blood circulates into your lower extremities, it flows back to your heart. When a malfunction occurs in the blood valves, blood does not return to your heart and pools in the veins of your legs, causing them to enlarge. They usually progress and become worse over time and can lead to complications.

People who have an increased risk of developing them include people who are overweight, pregnant or people who stand for extended periods of time on a regular basis. Varicose veins also run in families, and the older a person gets, the higher the risk they have of developing varicose veins.

 

Some people can develop varicose veins and not show any symptoms of them. However, many people do show symptoms and some mild symptoms include itching over the vein and swelling in the feet and ankles. Other mild symptoms are a sensation of heaviness, aching, burning, tiredness, or pain in the leg. These symptoms may become worse after standing or sitting for extended periods of time.

 

You should call your doctor or surgeon about varicose veins when:

 

  1. Symptoms become incapacitating, or the skin over your varicose veins becomes flaky, ulcerated, discolored, or prone to bleeding — you could be developing stasis dermatitis. If left untreated, stasis dermatitis can lead to skin infections and chronic leg ulcers. It is sane to call your doctor and have a proper treatment for your varicose veins.

 

  1. You have red, warm, and tender varicose veins. This may be a sign of phlebitis, which is caused by a blood clot in the vein.

 

  1. You have injured a varicose vein. Control the resulting burst of blood with direct compression and leg elevation. Applying pressure for several minutes should be enough to stop the bleeding. If it does not, the patient may need to visit a hospital emergency department.

 

If you are suffering from varicose veins or spider veins, don’t leave them untreated. Consider seeking an expert opinion. Once you visit your doctor, ask them some precautions that you can follow in your daily routine also ask them treatment options available that suit best to your type of varicose vein.

How you and your doctor will decide which procedure is the best choice for you? You will have to weigh several things in making that decision. Among them some are listed as follow:

 

  1. Your age and how healthy you are overall
  2. The extent of your varicose veins
  3. Your symptoms
  4. How well you might do with specific procedures
  5. Your goals and opinions about how you look and feel

Not all varicose veins are dangerous, but it is sane to visit a doctor to avoid any life-threatening situation.

what causes spider veinsDealing with any medical condition – however seemingly trivial – is much easier if you know something about it. Knowledge is power in this situation. So, if you’ve got them you probably want to know the causes of spider veins.

Most people do not know that spider veins and varicose veins are actually two different conditions with the latter more serious than the former. Varicose veins are raised, large and swollen blood vessels usually developing in legs in a twisted pattern. Spider veins are also twisted; however, they are of a different color. Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins and can be red, blue or purple-colored blood vessels. Both these veins are visible through the skin. Millions of people suffer from this medical condition around the world.

So, let’s get the show on-road and let me tell you what the causes of Spider Veins are!

The origin of spider vein can usually be traced to some form of venous insufficiency. This means that the valves of the veins are not functioning as they should. In a normal functional valve, the blood flow is restricted to flow only towards the heart against the pull of gravity. If for any reason the walls of the veins weaken, the blood could begin to flow away from the heart in response to the gravitational pull. This will result in blood pooling in the legs. This is the same thing that causes varicose veins which is much more serious vein disease.

Spider veins found on the face are usually caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays. Continued unprotected exposure to the rays of the sun can lead to this condition appearing on the face. Other things that can cause spider veins are:

Heredity

Some people are more likely to have this condition than others because of the family they come from. It is simply inherited from the genes.

Gender

Females are four times more likely to have this condition than men. Factors that influence this include the hormonal changes that occur in women, birth control pills that some women take, the strain associated with pregnancy amongst other things.

Obesity

Excessive weight gain puts pressure on the legs, increasing the likelihood of developing spider veins. Tall, obese women are more likely to develop this problem.

Prolonged Standing or Sitting

If the vein valves are constantly working against the gravitational pull, it is likely to weaken faster. This is the case when a person stands or sits for prolonged periods of time.

Lack of exercise

Lack of exercise such as walking, swimming or bicycling, for instance, can result in added pressure on veins and poor blood circulation in the legs.

Diet

Poor diet is another major factor causing loss of skin elasticity. The result of nutritional deficiencies is decreased leg circulation causing legs and ankles to swell possibly resulting in leg vein problems.

Smoking

If you smoke then be aware that it contributes to elevated blood pressure, which can definitely become the cause of spider veins.

These are some factors that can contribute to the appearance of spider veins. There are other possible causes of spider vein like injury or trauma to the skin and increased abdominal pressure arising from constipation or tumors.

Are varicose veins dangerousDo you want to know the answer to the million-dollar question- Are Varicose Veins Dangerous or Are Your Varicose Veins a sign of deeper trouble? It’s the question that needs to be asked when varicose veins, often become so commonplace. And the answer to this question is, ”sometimes”. Typically, they’re not dangerous and not all varicose veins require medical treatment, some varicose veins can be managed with lifestyle changes that prevent them from advancing. However, some varicose veins are more severe and require medical treatment. By the time most people see a vein specialist for their varicose veins; their veins are already large, bulging, and painful. At this point, the odds of developing a secondary condition have increased.

Let me dig this a little deeper for you and explain to you about the sometimes dangerous consequences of not having your varicose veins monitored, and treated by a trained vein specialist.

Bleeding Varicose Veins

If your varicose veins are quite prominent, they may injure easily. This often can result in severe bruising or bleeding. The small prominent veins can even begin to bleed on their own, which can be very scary. If this happens to you, the blood will spurt steadily in a stream because there is pressure.
So what you need to do if this happens to you is immediately get your leg elevated and put pressure on the affected area. Your doctor should be consulted if you find yourself more and more prone to these types of injuries.

Varicose Veins and Leg Ulcers

When varicose veins are left untreated, the pressure and inflammation from fluid buildup in the area can lead to skin changes and an open sore that can become infected. About 80% of skin ulcers in the lower leg are caused by varicose veins. Leg ulcers most often occur just above the ankle and are difficult to treat and heal. Without treatment, the infection can spread.

Blood Clots

Blood clots are common with varicose veins. While most of the clots are found in superficial veins, they can sometimes move into deeper veins which can be fatal as the clot can easily find its way in the bloodstream and into your lungs. In the lungs, the clot will cause pulmonary embolism which is life-threatening.
In some cases, the blood clot can form in the vein bringing about a condition known as thrombophlebitis. When you have the condition you tend to feel warm and the blood veins are painful and red.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency

When the blood in your veins doesn’t flow properly you tend to interfere with the way that your skin interacts with the blood. For example, it will interfere with the way that your skin exchanges nutrients, waste products, and oxygen with the blood.
If you disrupt the exchange for a long time you will suffer from chronic venous insufficiency. Over time, chronic venous insufficiency results to conditions such as varicose eczema, venous ulcers, and lipodermatosclerosis.

To avoid the above-mentioned complications that come when varicose veins are left untreated you, need to get rid of the veins as soon as possible. Since these varicose veins have the potential of being harmful to you, you should ensure that you first consult your doctor before you take measures to treat them on your own.

varicose veins preventionA varicose vein is a medical condition and anyone who doesn’t suffer the condition himself must have, at least seen someone who does. Though varicose veins do not always constitute a problem, which requires urgent medical attention, but they can be quite depressing. Varicose veins often present as twisted and enlarged veins close to the skin, discoloring the part of the skin where they occur and sometimes causing pain and discomfort.
People with varicose veins are often advised to do simple preventive measures to lessen the discomfort. Some of these measures are listed below:

Wearing Compression Stockings

Doctors often recommend compression stockings to improve the blood circulation, it stops varicose veins from getting worse, and reduce pain or discomfort. Self-care measures start by wearing compression stockings. When worn all day, compression stockings squeeze the legs and help the veins and leg muscles to move blood. The amount of compression usually varies the type and brand. Fortunately, there are many types and brands of stockings to choose from. Patients can now choose the most comfortable ones.
Before buying compression stockings, keep in mind that they should fit properly. Determining the right fit is easy. You or a companion can measure your legs to get the right size that fits, by using tape

Regular Exercise

Of course, there are also traditional common-sense approaches to preventing varicose veins. One is regular exercise. Exercise, such as walking and bike riding promotes proper blood circulation. Thus, walking/bike riding regularly improves blood flow and prevents overtaxing of the veins.

Proper Diet

Excessive weight puts unnecessary pressure on the veins; losing weight may also help prevent varicose veins. A low-salt, high fiber diet prevents swelling of the veins resulting from water retention and constipation.

Low-heeled Shoes

You may also consider switching your high heels for low-heeled shoes. Low-heeled shoes work calf muscles, which in turn is good for the veins because blood circulation is improved. Tight clothing and undergarments are not advisable because they impede blood circulation.

Elevate Your Legs

Elevating your legs daily above the level of the heart improves venous circulation. Do this by lying down with your legs resting on three or four pillows.

Proper Postures for Good Circulation

Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. Change positions frequently to encourage good circulation. Change your position at least every 30 minutes. When sitting down, avoid crossing your legs. The position only worsens circulation problems.

If you don’t have varicose veins yet but are overweight, try to lose the extra pounds. Overweight and obese individuals are more likely to develop varicose veins. As mentioned above, exercise activities that work the leg muscles will be beneficial. These can be in the form of walking or jogging. These activities help pump blood towards the heart.

Pretty much all of the measures that prevent varicose veins are easy to perform and are common activities that can be done daily. Practicing these good habits not only helps prevent varicose veins, but they also contribute to your general well-being as well. So put on your low-heeled shoes and start walking.

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