Information about Varicose Veins
We Have to Know about the Varicose Veins
- Varicose veins are swollen, twisted, painful veins that have filled with an abnormal collection of blood.
Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions
Causes of Varicose Veins
- Usually blocked deeper veins
Do’s and Don’ts of Varicose Veins
- Avoid prolonged standing
Signs & Symptoms of Varicose Veins
- An achy or heavy feeling in your legs, and burning, throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your lower legs. Prolonged sitting or standing tends to make your legs feel worse.
- Itching around one or more of your veins.
- Skin ulcers near your ankle
Medical advice for Varicose Veins
- Self-help measures can help you ease the pain of varicose veins and may prevent them from getting worse. But if you’re concerned about how your veins look and feel and self-care measures haven’t stopped your condition from getting worse, see your doctor.
Risk factors of Varicose Veins
- Age. Aging causes wear and tear on the valves in your veins that help regulate blood flow. Eventually, that wear causes the valves to malfunction.
- Sex. Women are more likely than men are to develop the condition. Hormonal changes during pregnancy, pre-menstruation or menopause may be a factor. Female hormones tend to relax vein walls. Taking hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills may increase your risk of varicose veins.
- Genetics. If other family members had varicose veins, there’s a greater chance you will too.
- Obesity. Being overweight puts added pressure on your veins.
- Standing for long periods of time. Your blood doesn’t flow as well if you’re in the same position for long periods.
Treatment for Varicose Veins
- Laser surgeries
- Catheter-assisted procedures
- Endoscopic vein surgery
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy
Self-care for Varicose Veins
- Wearing compression stockings
Investigations for Varicose Veins
- Doppler Study