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Bilateral varicose veins: Causes, symptoms and treatment

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Bilateral varicose veins occur when both the right and left side of a body vein are enlarged, twisted, swollen, dilated, and overfilled with blood.

Out of 170 varicose vein cases about 72.4% cases are affected by superficial veins in India study done between May 2011 to April 2014. [1]

-It is a condition, not a disease.
-It is chronic and can last for years or even lifelong
-Can occur in both sexes, but women are more at risk
-No lab tests or imaging is required.
-This condition cannot be cured, but treatment can help.
-A condition that mostly affects in the legs and feet.

Varicose veins are mostly benign, and the cause is not known. They may or may not be painful or show symptoms. When there is pain or discomfort along with other symptoms, it can signal an underlying health issue which requires treatment.

People most affected by varicose veins are those above 19.

Symptoms:

Self-diagnosable
The self-diagnosable symptom is the appearance of dark purple or blue, cord-like, twisted veins in the affected area.

People may experience:
Pain and discomfort
Swollen blood vessels or discoloration of the skin
Bruising, itching and heavy or swollen legs

Treatment

Self -care: In the early stage of the condition, a healthy diet, exercising, weight loss (if obesity is the concern), elevating legs and wearing compression stockings can help relieve pain and improve circulation.

Medications: Generally no treatment is required if there are no symptoms, but people may need non-surgical or surgical treatment in some cases.

Specialists: Based on the symptoms you have, you may have to consult a general physician or a vascular surgeon for treatment. At mfine, we have specialists who can identify the causes for various health conditions and provide holistic treatment.

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