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Is There an Underlying Problem with Your Bulging Veins?

If you have bulging veins, it is important to get them to check out by a doctor. While most cases of varicose veins are harmless, there is the potential for there to be an underlying serious health problem.

Speak to a Doctor Immediately

Varicose veins occur when the vein isn’t working properly to allow blood to flow and the blood then pools in the vein because your muscles aren’t working to keep the blood circulating. If you happen to have bulging veins, get them checked out by your doctor. Varicose veins are bulging bluish or dark purple in color, and run along your skin usually on your thighs, calves or feet. The visible veins appear twisted and contorted and when inflamed they feel tender when you touch them. Because varicose veins can hinder circulation, they can cause itchy skin around the affected veins. After standing for long periods of time you will notice aching, heavy or sore legs that is often accompanied by swelling in your ankles. While varicose veins can be harmless, you should get them checked out immediately if the symptoms become incapacitating If the skin over the varicose vein becomes ulcerated, discolored or is prone to bleeding, this could be a sign of statis dermatis and if untreated it can lead to skin infections and chronic leg ulcers. If the vein becomes red, warm and more tender than usual, this could be a sign of a potential blood clot. While not likely, there is the possibility of injuring a varicose vein which leads to is excessive bleeding, if this occurs, seek treated immediately.

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Any Age Group Can Be Affected

You might notice that varicose veins often appear on the elderly but they can also occur when women are pregnant or even at a younger age. They often occur as you age because your muscles become weaker, making it harder for them to help the blood flow through your veins. When this happens, the blood with then begin to pool and lead to bulging veins. Pregnancy women can develop varicose veins as the uterus grows, it puts pressure on the large vein on the right side of your body which increases pressure to your leg veins. When you are pregnant, your blood amount and flow leading to more strain on your veins. Other risk factors for developing varicose veins include a family history of them, standing for long periods of time on a routine basis, if you are overweight or if you live a sedentary lifestyle.

Reducing Discomfort of Varicose Veins

Most varicose vein cases are mild and do not require intensive doctor treatment.

Compression socks or tights can be purchased at a local pharmacy or medical supply store. Compression socks or tights are designed to help your muscles push blood upward. The socks or tights should not feel tight in your calf or groin area You can put the socks on first thing in the morning and at night before bed. It is suggested to you elevate your legs 10-15 minutes several times a day to help with blood flow. Make sure to watch your weight and continue to exercise regularly. Raise your feet when you sit and do not cross your legs when you are sitting. Also, avoid wearing tight fitting clothing to help reduce the discomfort of varicose veins.

Treatments for Serious Varicose Veins Problems

You should seek treatment and opt for a medical procedure if your varicose veins are causing severe pain, skin problems or blood clots. One treatment option is laser treatment which uses light energy from a laser which will gradually fade the vein and hopefully over time it will disappear completely. This procedure does require multiple treatments. Another option is Sclerotherapy, which involves a chemical being injected into the vein causing the walls to collapse so the blood can no longer be transported through that particular vein. Ablation can be done using a catheter, in this procedure, heat with radiofrequency waves or lasers to destroy the vein and ultimately close it entirely. Lastly, removing varicose veins can be done surgically. Unfortunately, no treatment can prevent new varicose veins from appearing.

no treatment can prevent new varicose veins from appearing.