Remedies and Treatments for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are twisted, spidery, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin usually around the legs and ankles. They are hardly ever serious, and are mostly cosmetic in nature. They are caused by weakened valves and veins in the legs, which causes blood to collect rather than flow as normal. The pressure of the blood causes veins to become weak, twisted, and large. Varicose veins usually run in the family and are most often seen in aging and overweight individuals. Occasionally, breaking the skin above a vein can be painful and create excessive bleeding. Blood clots may also form in varicose veins and may travel throughout the body, which can be dangerous.

How can I prevent varicose veins?

  • Prevention outside of getting plenty of exercise and circulation in the legs is difficult to ensure. Increased muscle tone reduces risk, as does keeping a healthy body weight and high-fiber, low-sodium diet.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

  • Some people have no symptoms. Others may experience heaviness, burning, aching, tiredness, or pain in the legs.
  • Swelling in the feet and ankles.
  • Itching over the vein.
  • Swelling or inflammation in the legs are more serious symptoms.
  • Cramping or throbbing in the legs while in bed at night.

How do I get rid of varicose veins?

  • Compression stockings are thought to help because they squeeze the legs and allow for better circulation.
  • There are an array of needle-based injections and surgeries that will eliminate varicose veins and leave minimal scarring, and that’s the only true treatment to getting rid of them entirely. Most treatment has to do with making sure they do not expand and get worse. In that regard, diet and circulation are important. Wearing looser clothing, and sleeping with propped-up legs can also prevent veins from getting worse.
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