Varicose Veins Treatment

The largest organ of the human body is the skin. It is, therefore, no wonder why the cosmetic industry makes billions of dollars each year from consumers trying to find products to keep their skin as beautiful and flawless as humanly possible. While we are young, this appears to be a relatively easy task to accomplish but, as we age, Mother Nature tends to strike back in many different ways, including gracing us with varicose veins.

What Are Varicose Veins?

We have all seen someone with varicose veins. Usually found on the legs and, more specifically, the back of the legs, although they can also appear on any part of the body, including the face, they appear to be spidery roadmaps branching outward in all directions. They can range in colour from a light, misty blue to a dark, deep purple and are the result of poor valve functioning, often trapping a pool of blood from flowing properly and, thereby, causing the vein to swell and bulge. In most cases, there is no physical pain involved outside of the emotional frustration of having to conceal the blemish. In other instances, the veins become so engorged and painful that medical attention will be required.

What Are The Causes?

Approximately thirty percent (30%) of all adults will develop varicose veins, with women nearly doubling the amount of men afflicted. Although specific causes are not entirely known, it is believed that several factors can play a part, including hereditary factors, standing for long periods of times in a job such as waitressing, or sitting for long periods such as any type of desk job, giving birth, obesity, blunt trauma to the affected area, disease of the vein itself, causing the lining to thin, blood clots, smoking, and age.

Can Varicose Veins Be Prevented?

Although most varicose veins appear in people between the ages of thirty and seventy, developing proper habits early on in life is the best preventive measure one can take. However, we often don’t even think of getting varicose veins until one day they seem to magically appear and then, once they appear, they are there to stay. We can, however, take steps to prevent them from developing into something more serious.
Elevating the legs frequently is one preventative measure we can all take early on. This is especially critical for those who are required to stand or sit for long periods of time. Keeping the body well hydrated can also help. In addition, wearing support hose has been known to help in the prevention of the unsightly veins. Women who prefer not to wear hoses have a much higher rate of developing varicose veins than women who do were them.

Do I Need Treatment?

Again, most varicose veins provide no physical discomfort. However, in those instances where they do, where they can become excruciatingly painful, medical attention is advised as it could lead to more serious problems in the future or to the discovery of as yet unknown health issues you may have behind the veins. Your doctor can best help you in determining the steps and/or procedures you can or need to take, and don’t worry, there are many varicose veins treatments. If you are feeling discomfort, do not delay in seeking this help.

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