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Varicose veins are caused by blood veins near the top layer of skin getting all twisted and enlarged due to them being weakened. They don’t circulate the blood like they are supposed to and that makes more pressure build up and extra blood builds up and causes the veins to get bigger.

Varicose veins are usually seen in a person’s legs and ankles. They are unsightly, but don’t usually cause major problems otherwise. Still, many people hate the way that they make them look, especially women, and want to get rid of them.

Risks for getting varicose veins

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Varicose veins tend to occur more in older people and they can also be genetic and sometimes several people in one family end up getting them. Some of the other risks of getting varicose veins include being obese, pregnant, or standing for hours at a time day after day.

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Symptoms of varicose veins

Varicose veins symptoms are dark colored blue and swelled up blood veins. A varicose vein sufferer will also have burning leg pain, heaviness in the legs, and they may be more tired than usual. The feet and ankles will also swell up and the veins may also be itchy.

If it is a serious case of varicose veins, the symptoms may include calf pains, dry skin, thin skin in the area of the varicose veins, redness, scaling, open sores and bleeding if they are injured. In rare cases varicose veins may be a sign of a serious blockage or deep vein thrombosis. If you suspect you could have this, then you should get it checked out by a doctor immediately.

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How do doctors diagnose varicose veins?

Doctors will find it easy to tell if you have varicose veins because he will see the swelled up feet or legs, sores, skin changes, painful sections, and the ugly swelled up and blue veins near the surface of the skin. He will also ask you about any family history of varicose veins and may do other tests as needed.

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Treatment for varicose veins

When it comes to treating and taking care of varicose veins, some of the simple methods include wearing compression stockings, propping up your legs, exercise, and trying not to stand or sit for long periods of time.

There are also more serious methods of treating varicose veins such as lasers to destroy them, radio frequency therapy to close it off, or surgery to get rid of or close off the vein. Many people want to do these types of surgery because of the unsightly look of varicose veins, while some people just put makeup over them to hide the appearance of the varicose veins.

The bottom line is that varicose veins are not pleasant to look at or to put up with and they can cause a person to be unable to stand for long periods of time. There are several ways to treat varicose veins from wearing special socks or going through a surgical procedure to get rid of them.