Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins

What are varicose veins (spider veins)?

Varicose veins and capillary fragility are an unsightly and painful problem. They occur when the one-way valves in veins no longer work properly, so blood is able to flow backwards (which leads to the swelling). Vein fragility increases with age due to loss muscle tone. These inflamed veins can bulge, swell, ache, and can be sore to the touch.

Varicose Veins

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Some of the symptoms of varicose veins include:

• swelling in the feet or ankles
• brownish-yellow skin discoloration
• sudden cramps when moving for the first time in a while
• redness, dryness, or even eczema near the affected area
• excessive bleeding in the affected area

Who is at risk of developing varicose veins?

People who are overweight or obese, pregnant, stand in one place for long periods of time, or sit for long periods of time are more prone to varicose veins. Additionally, those who have liver congestion or hormonal imbalances are also at risk of developing varicose veins.

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