Discover all you need to know about varicose veins and how to battle those terrible symptoms!
The venous system is that part of the circulatory system which gathers waste for disposal purposes. There are deep veins and superficial ones. Find about varicose veins and how to battle those disturbing signs! In these pages, we provide information on venous insufficiency, their causes, symptoms, and treatments.
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Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can occur mostly in legs, appear as blue or purple swellings. Varicose veins are considered superficial veins. Generally speaking, they represent a much lesser risk factor than problems with the deep veins. But, symptoms of swelling, heaviness, and pain in the legs, as well as the visual effects of these superficial veins, can restrict one’s lifestyle.
In simple words, when superficial veins are damaged, overfilled with blood, it gets enlarged, swollen, and twisting veins that often looks blue or dark purple. And this problem is generally known as a varicose vein.
Why do Varicose veins spread?
Varicose veins are a sign that the walls of the venous system are weak. In normal vein function, veins contain multiple one-way-valves which help the blood to flow upwards against gravity. When these cup-like valves are damaged and become weak or raptures, then they don’t open or close properly and make the muscle challenging to push the blood upwards against gravity.
These muscles contraction helps to pump the blood, and elastin of veins walls help the blood to return to the heart. If the walls of the venous system are not healthy and flexible loose, the integrity of elasticity, muscles are not able to pump blood in an upward direction.
The blood continues pulling in veins that increase venous pressure and damages valve points and gets enlarged, bulky, and twisted. The effect of varicose veins is mostly on legs.
In other words, the vein loses tone and is unable to support the required pressure to move blood against gravity.
Are hemorrhoids a form of varicose veins?
Yes, hemorrhoids (piles) are varicosities of the veins in the anus. Pressure on veins at the junction of the rectum and the anus damage the valve and cause hemorrhoids to develop.
Do both men and women experience of venous insufficiency?
Venous insufficiency affects approximately 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men. Although men do not have the risk factors associated with pregnancy and hormonal fluctuations, the effects of leg pain and heaviness can stop them from regularly participating in athletic activities and may limit their endurance. But with obesity and constipation can lead to varicose veins risk.
We tend to regard varicose veins mostly as a cosmetic problem, but they can sometimes develop into painful ulcers. These may form on the skin near varicose veins, particularly near the ankles.
What are the critical symbols of venous insufficiencies?
- Swelling in your legs or ankles
- Tight feeling in your calves or itchy, painful legs
- Pain when walking that stops when you rest
- Brown-colored skin, often near the ankles
- Having an uncomfortable feeling in your legs and an urge to move your legs (restless legs syndrome)
- Painful leg cramps or muscle spasms (charley horse)
- You tend to have hemorrhoids.
- You have the beginning signs of tiny, blue, or red blood vessels. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins but are much smaller and closer to the skin’s surface.
Spider veins are very much similar to varicose veins. They are found near to skin surface with spider’s web-like threads often red and blue color.
Mostly occurs on the legs but can also be found in the mouth of various sizes.
What method to normalize and bypass varicose veins?
Your ways are varied and some may be more beneficial to you than another person, depending on your risk factors. They include:
There are certain medical procedures, which can remove the appearance of varicose veins. It should be noted however, that these procedures are usually temporary in their effect and will not prevent the development of future varicosities. These cosmetic procedures include; laser surgeries and vein stripping.
Then, there are support hoses that can be purchased at most pharmacies. Prescription-strength hoses are also available. Although effective, support hoses are very uncomfortable.
Nutrition and lifestyle
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