Causes, Treatment And How To Help Varicose Veins

Causes, Treatment And How To Help Varicose Veins

How To Help Varicose Veins: It’s an incredibly common problem. According to the American Society for Vascular Surgery, about 20 to 25 million Americans suffer from varicose veins. The majority of sufferers being women – mainly due to hormonal and gender-specific factors.

We all know what they are like – bulging, lumpy and distorted veins that are blue or purplish in color running beneath the skin surface. Even though they are considered harmless, varicose veins can be disfiguring and painful. When inflamed the condition worsens, veins become tender and hinder circulation thus causing pain, discomfort, itchy skin, aching limbs and swollen ankles.

There’s actually three different types of varicose veins:

  • Trunk Veins: These are the ones we typically recognise. The thick and knobbly veins on the surface of the skin.
  • Reticular Veins: These are red or blue  in colour and sometimes in a network but don’t bulge out like the trunk veins.
  • Telangiectasia Veins: These are what we also know as thread or spider veins.  Groups of blue or red veins that appear in networks likening to spider webs. They don’t hurt or bulge but they are prone to appearing on the face as well as the usual legs.

So, just what are the causes, symptoms and how to help varicose veins … read on!

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Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

varicose veins during pregnancy

The risk of varicose veins during pregnancy is really something to be aware of. All expectant mothers are at very high risk of first developing varicose veins during pregnancy. For others any existing condition may well worsen during this time. Why is this?

During pregnancy a number of changes happen in the body system of the expectant mother. These changes obviously include an increase in body weight and enhanced hormonal secretion. These changes are perfectly normal and contribute to the healthy growth of the unborn baby. However, they can also overburden the circulatory system. Hence varicose veins during pregnancy are very common.

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Spider Veins Explained

spider veins

Many people confuse spider veins with varicose veins however, the two are different, not least in appearance.

Varicose veins are known for their large and bulging veins. Spider veins however get their name from the blue or red web of small veins that appear spread across the affected area. They increase with age and this is because of poor circulation of blood through the body system.

Spider veins can appear in any part of the body however they are particularly commonly found in the area behind the knee.

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How To Prevent Varicose Veins

How to Prevent Varicose Veins

How to prevent varicose veins: As the diagram above shows, normal functioning veins allow the smooth flow of blood back to the heart. They work by pumping the blood along the vein by way of a series of one way valves. This prevents the blood taking the easy route and going in the direction of gravity! It’s when any of these valves malfunction that the flow is disrupted and pools of blood congregate around the valve causing the bulbous swelling and dark coloring of varicose veins.

Whilst varicose veins is a condition that affects all people irrespective of gender and age, not everyone is at the same risk level. There are those whose vulnerability is higher because of the underlying set of factors. Knowing your risk factors will help you in choosing a healthy lifestyle that will prevent varicose veins.

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