Varicose veins are veins that no longer work properly and instead of sending blood to the heart, bloof flows backwards causing it to collect in the vein. These then become swollen and enlarged and they are sometimes purple or blue and can appear lumpy. Varicose veins mostly appear on the legs due to pressure points when walking and women tend to suffer with them more than men. Varicose veins shouldn’t cause any health problems but in some cases they can develop ulcers and you can suffer from throbbing pain due to the varicose veins.
Treatment for varicose veins?
If you have very painful and enlarged varicose veins, then you may need to seek treatment before they get worse. Here are the current treatments available for varicose veins:
Laser surgery – strong bursts of light is shot onto the vein and in time it will fade or disappear
Surgery – the vein is located and tied shut before being completely removed from the leg, only a small scar will be visible
Sclerotherapy – the most common treatment for varicose veins; the vein is injected with a solution that causes the vein to stick together and eventually disappear
All treatment is not guaranteed and there may still be a chance that it may come back. By having a healthier lifestyle teamed with exercise, you can reduce the chances of varicose veins returning.
How to prevent varicose veins?
You cannot always prevent varicose veins but there are a few things you can do to make them less swollen:
Exercise – exercising regularly and concentrating on leg exercises to increase circulation is a good start
Lose some weight – this will reduce the amount of pressure on the legs
No not cross legs – avoid crossing legs for too long as this can stop the steady circulation of blood
Elevate legs – when sitting try to keep legs elevated above the waist to increase circulation
Sitting and standing – try not to sit or stand for long periods of time; if you are standing shift your weight around every 30 minutes and the same goes for sitting, move around every 30 minutes.
Stockings – wear elastic stockings for legs and wear the same for long haul flights as well
Clothes – try to avoid clothes that are tight at the waist, groin and legs
Eat right – eat less salt and high fibre foods; constipation is another factor that increases varicose veins and salt makes you retain water and swell so avoid too much of it and eat plenty of fresh fish and vegetables.
If you suffer from varicose veins, then you may consider treatment but changing your lifestyle is an important factor as well because you don’t want to get new ones after the other ones are gone.