Having visible veins running along your legs can be unsightly. Many individuals who live with visible veins may be too embarrassed to wear shorts or dresses as a result. Some women may even apply make-up or wear dark pantyhose to disguise those visible veins.
Although visible veins may not be the most attractive, for many individuals who have them, their appearance is the least of their worries. Varicose veins aren’t usually dangerous, but they can make living uncomfortable.
Some people may not recognize the difference between regular veins and varicose veins. Some veins can be seen but may not necessarily be varicose veins. That is why it’s important to spot the difference so that you can take action to obtain relief from your varicose veins.
Varicose veins can be caused by a slew of reasons, including older age or weak valves, which prevent blood from flowing back up toward the heart. They appear blue because the blood that returns to the heart is deoxygenated.
Women are more likely to experience varicose veins than men even though the reasons aren’t understood. If you have other family members who have had varicose veins, you are also more likely to develop them yourself. Being pregnant, overweight, prolonged sitting, and prolonged standing are all other possible causes of varicose veins.
How to spot varicose veins
Warning signs of varicose veins are as follows:
- Blue or dark veins
- Veins that twist and bulge, which look similar to electrical currents
- Pain or a heavy sensation in the legs
- Veins which are itchy or bleed
- Swelling, cramping, throbbing, or burning in the affected area
- Pain that worsens upon standing or sitting after a long period of time
If your veins have hardened, change in color, you begin to develop open wounds, or your skin swells, then you should seek out immediate medical attention.
Many people are either not aware of treatment for varicose veins or fearful of it, but as technology and medicine have advanced, procedures for varicose veins have come a long way. They are no longer invasive treatments that require hospital stays. In fact, many treatments are quite quick and you are sent home soon after.
If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of varicose veins, then it may be time for you to speak to your doctor about what treatment options are available to you.