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!