Getting Rid of Varicose Veins
It is a condition that affects both men and women, though women are twice likely as men to develop varicose veins. Varicose veins are long, coiled veins which are unsightly, uncomfortable. They are usually present in the legs and feet and can swell and make the skin itch. For many people, varicose veins are simply a cosmetic concern while for others; they are a source of aching pain and discomfort.
Who is likely to be affected?
- Pregnant women are especially affected. The womb blocks the blood flow through the leg veins and just before menstruation because the female hormone tends to relax the walls of the veins.
- It usually appears appear after the age of 30 and get increasingly worse.
- It may occur when you are in the same position for long periods like standing.
- If other family members had varicose veins, there is a greater chance you, too, will
- Being overweight puts added pressure on your veins
When the valves of the veins are not able to do their regular function is the main cause of varicose vein. While arteries carry blood from the heart to all the other parts of your body, your veins return this blood to your heart for re-oxygenation. To return blood from your legs back to your heart, the veins in your leg must work against the gravity. This is achieved by the muscle compressions in your lower legs. The muscles act as pumps to push the blood up through your legs to the heart. They are assisted by the elastic walls of the veins and their small one-way valves, which opens as blood flows towards your heart and close to stop blood from flowing backwards. Problems arises when these valves malfunction.
- Brownish-grey discoloration on your ankle.
- Enlarged veins easily seen under the skin of your legs.
- Heavy feeling in your legs with burning, muscle cramping and swelling made worse by long periods of sitting or standing.
- Itching around one of your veins or skin ulcers near your ankle due to wet tissues as blood pools in the affected veins.
- Your legs may swell considerably if the veins deep within your legs are involved. Any sudden leg swelling with or without pain and redness may show a blood clot and needs urgent attention of part of this clot breaks off, it can travel to the chest and cause death.
Varicose veins are best and more easily treated with even better results using laser treatments. Other home treatments are:
- Exercise like walking is a great way to encourage blood circulation in your legs and tone those muscles.
- Shed the excess weight, which put unnecessary pressure on your veins.
- Wear low-heeled shoes because they work the muscular back part of the feet more than high heels.
- Avoid wearing tight underwear which can restrict circulation.
- Elevate your legs above the level of your heat to improve circulation.
- Avoid long periods of sitting or standing and make a point of changing your position often to encourage blood flow.
Note: Generally, improving your circulation and muscle tone can reduce the risk of getting varicose veins.