Varicose Veins: Symptoms, Tips and Treatment
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Varicose Veins: Symptoms, Tips and Treatment

Statistics show that varicose veins are present in about 15-20 percent of the adult population. Chances are you maybe among the lucky 80-85 percent not destined to be afflicted with varicose veins as you reach adulthood. You could belong to the potentially afflicted 15-20 percent.

Statistics show that varicose veins are present in about 15-20 percent of the adult population.  Chances are you maybe among the lucky 80-85 percent not destined to be afflicted with varicose veins as you reach adulthood.  You could belong to the potentially afflicted 15-20 percent.

What is varicose veins?

Millions of people all over the world have varicose veins- swollen, bluish veins in the leg.  Veins carry blood from the body's tissues back to the heart.  Varicose veins have incompetent valves that do not completely close. Consequently, blood tends to pool in the legs and feet, producing a network of varicose veins.

Symptoms of varicose veins

The most common superficial vein problem is the spider vein.  Spider vein are small red or purple burst that appear on the skin surface.  True varicose veins may form bluish ropes behind your knees or on your calves or thighs.  If these veins swell, your legs may sting or feel heavy or fall after standing.  Blood may clot in a varicose veins causing a condition called superficial phlebitis.  All types of varicose veins can cause discomfort, but they usually pose little threat to your health says a medical doctor.

Risks factors of varicose veins

Although vein problems can affect men and women of all ages, certain risk factors increase your chances of developing a problem.  If your veins have trouble carrying blood from your feet back to your heart, the effects maybe showing up in your legs.  Some vein problems can cause blood clots or damage tissue.  Vein problems don't go away, but they can be controlled if you make a commitment to good self-care.

Elevation tips

Elevation helps return blood to the heart and reduces fluid build-up in your legs.  For fifteen minutes every four hours elevate your feet.  After your exercise always elevate your feet; this helps keep the increased blood flow from pooling in your legs. 

Reduce your leg swelling by following these tips shared by a medical doctor:

  • Raise your feet above heart level.  Do this by positioning your knees above your hips and your ankles above your knees.
  • Elevate your feet at work.  Elevating to hip level doesn't reduce swelling, but it may keep it from getting worse.
  • Do a few foot exercise every half-hour to keep blood moving when you sit or stand.  Draw the letters of the alphabet in the air with your toes.  Even this simple action helps move the blood back toward your heart.

             Elevate your legs from time to time


             Varicose veins


Varicose veins treatments

  1. Compression sclerotherapy.  Useful for treating superficial varicose veins.  A sclerotherapy solution composed of 3% sodium tetra dactyl sulfate is injected into the veins.  Anywhere from three to ten injections can be made into the leg.
  2. If the varicose veins are small and not too prominent, many people can be satisfied with the result which are obtained from varicose vein stockings which can control veins in many individuals.
  3. Larger varicose veins may be surgically removed in the hospital often as an outpatient procedure.  You'll receive an anesthesia to help keep your pain free during the surgery.  With ligation, a ropy or twisted vein can be taken out of sections.  Stripping removes an entire vein in one piece.  After surgery, your legs are bandaged.  Swelling may last six to eight weeks.
  4. If the varicose veins have already manifested themselves, regular application of mucopolysaccharide poly sulfate can still treat the condition of your leg.  Which means it can treat the clogging and inflammation of the vein and normalize the blood flow.

Resource:  Women's Journal

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