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Varicose Veins 101 – Your Guide To Treatment And Prevention

About



A medical condition where the veins in the legs and feet become swollen or twisted.


According to the American Society for Vascular Surgery, 20 to 25 million people have varicose veins. [1]


- Causes circulatory problems and pain
- May lead to complications like ulcers and blood clots
- Is a treatable condition
- Requires a physical exam and diagnostic tests
- May go away on its own or require treatment depending on the severity


Varicose veins on your lower extremities basically mean your veins are swelling up and twisting, giving a spider-web-like appearance. When you stand up or exert pressure on your feet, you feel intense pain due to these. You can prevent varicose veins by exercising and consuming a healthy diet. However, severe cases may require surgical removal.


Symptoms


Common symptoms of varicose veins are veins that turn dark or purple and bulge or swell to give a cord or spider web-like appearance.


People also experience:
- Red discoloration of the skin
- Bleeding
- Painful swelling, throbbing, or muscle cramping
- Heavy sensations or aches in the legs



Treatment


Self-care:
Get active and start eating healthy. Consume fresh fruits and vegetables, lower your salt intake, and make sure you avoid wearing high heels to reduce the pain.


Medications:
Compression stockings and elastic bandages may be used to alleviate symptoms and slowly treat the condition.


Specialists:
Doctors may provide laser surgical treatment or a cosmetic surgery to eliminate varicose veins. For more info about treatment plans, talk to our healthcare specialists at mfine.

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