A Succinct Overview of the Treatment for Varicose Veins
The presence of varicose veins is a common medical condition when the veins under the skin bulge and develop a rope-like appearance. Varicose veins most often occur in the legs. The condition can occasionally cause discomfort and/or painful aches. Over the next few minutes we will take a look at the causes behind the development of varicose, underlying health factors, and several different treatment options that are currently available to sufferers of varicose veins.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are easily identified by the naked eye. The bulging, purple or blue veins can be seen just under the skin. Most varicose veins occur in the lower extremities and legs. Varicose veins are the result of an irregular reverse flow of blood in the veins.
Our veins have small valves that control the flow of blood by keeping it all flowing in the proper direction back towards your heart. In the cases where varicose veins exist, those valves have become weak or damaged. Without properly functioning blood valves, the blood may start to flow backwards. This causes localized swelling and irreversible vein damage.
Varicose veins can lead to some serious health problems. Among them are: blood clots (thrombosis) and slow or non-healing sores (venous stasis ulcers). Varicose veins may also be a sign that you are at a increased risk of developing other disorders of the circulatory system.
What are your treatment options?
There are currently several effective, non-invasive treatments for varicose veins. These include some changes in lifestyle and some non-invasive medical procedures.
Varicose veins and their associated discomfort and pain can be alleviated by:
- participating in a weight loss program,
- making sure to follow a balanced diet and
- engaging in regular activity and/or exercise.
If you sit for prolonged periods of time due to work or for other reasons, you should take activity breaks. This will help improve your blood circulation.
Compression stockings and other garments are a simple first step for treating varicose veins. Compression clothing functions by supporting your deteriorated veins while boosting circulation. Support socks or support hosary provide mild compression to the area. Compression stockings offer stronger support. They are available in different lengths and styles. Your healthcare provider may suggest a garment with a higher level of compression. Prescription level compression garments are available for purchase at most medical supply stores or pharmacies.
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