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How to Deal with Your Varicose Veins

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Jan 17, 2018 1:12 AM

When your veins become swollen, enlarged, and full of twists and turns, they're called varicose veins. They most commonly occur on legs and ankles, and although they're not usually considered a serious health problem, they're known to lead to other problems. Varicose veins are often dark purple or blue, and they're often lumpy. They are caused by weakened valves and veins.

The valves inside your veins are tasked with keeping your blood moving in the right direction. However, if they don't work properly, blood will start to collect in your legs and pressure will begin building up. Because of this, your veins will become weak and enlarged. If you're overweight or have a job that involves you standing for long periods of time, then more pressure will build up in your veins, which means that you will have a bigger risk of developing this problem.

You will be able to notice varicose veins just by looking at them. They're most commonly noticeable on people with light skin. Some people don't experience any symptoms when they develop them. Some of the symptoms that you can notice include pain in your legs, itching over the vein, and swelling in your ankles and feet. More serious symptoms include leg swelling, color skin changes, and open sores. Women are twice as likely as men to develop this problem.

If you develop varicose veins, then you shouldn't worry too much, since treatment won't require you to stay in a hospital. There are a few less invasive procedures that will help you get rid of this problem without having you go through a long and uncomfortable recovery.

Compression Stockings

One of the most popular ways to relieve the symptoms of varicose veins is to start wearing compression stockings. These stockings are tight and will help you by improving your circulation. Doctors usually recommend that patients wear them during the day in order to get rid of the symptoms. If you're experiencing only mild symptoms, then even knee socks are known to help swelling and aching. This is a way less expensive solution than compression stockings.

However, if you're experiencing serious symptoms, then you will need to buy compression stocking in a medical supply store. Note that compression stockings are expensive. You will have trouble putting them on at first and it may take you some time to get used to wearing them. Nevertheless, if they fit right, then they should feel comfortable. If you're experiencing any type of discomfort, then you should tell your doctor.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a procedure where your doctor will inject your varicose veins with a solution that will close them. This treatment applies only to small and medium-sized veins. If you decide to go for this treatment, you can expect your varicose veins to fade in just a few weeks.

Laser Surgeries

Laser surgery will help close off smaller varicose veins by sending bursts of light onto them. When these bursts of light are applied to your veins, they slowly start to fade and disappear. This treatment is very patient-friendly and doesn't involve any incisions or needles.

Natural Treatment

One of the best ways to naturally treat your varicose veins is to start exercising regularly. If you stay in one place for too long, your veins will have a hard time pumping blood to your heart efficiently. This is why it's important to be on the move. If you experience any type of pain or discomfort while exercising, then you should take it slow at first.

Another great way to fight this health problem is to start losing weight. People who're overweight are more likely to get varicose veins, since all that excess body weight will put more pressure on their veins. Some of the best ways to lose weight include maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

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