Spider Veins and Vascular Lesions

Varicose veins, which appear as unsightly bulges, usually on the legs, maybe a medical, as well as cosmetic, problem. Varicose veins affect both men and women. According to The National Institutes of Health, a quarter of patients who suffer from this condition are men. More women seek help for this disorder than men not only because more women suffer from them, but because in our culture women expose their legs more frequently to public view. Regardless of gender, however, varicose veins can be a serious problem requiring medical intervention.

Varicose veins are the result of diseased veins with weakened walls and valves. These weaknesses in the veins may be congenital or may occur as a result of precipitating events or lifestyle habits. When veins are not functioning properly, they fail to return blood to the heart efficiently, and the blood begins to pool. This condition is known as venous insufficiency. When damaged valves are unable to keep blood moving in the proper direction, a backflow result; this condition is referred to as venous reflux.

Risks Factors For Varicose Veins

Risk factors for developing varicose veins are varied and some are gender-related. These risk factors include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Aging
  • Congenital weakness in veins
  • Obesity
  • A family history of the vascular disease

Many people are at greater risk because of their occupations or habits. Individuals whose work requires that they sit or stand for prolonged periods, teachers for example, are more likely to develop varicose veins. The same is true of those who spend a great deal of time in sedentary travel, whether as a driver or passenger.

Symptoms Of Varicose Veins

Patients with varicose veins do not always experience pain from this condition, although some may develop aching, throbbing, cramping and other symptoms that may indicate a need for medical attention. The symptoms of varicose veins may include:

  • Large swollen veins
  • Swelling, usually of the feet, ankle or leg
  • Pain, aching, throbbing or cramping in the legs
  • Heaviness in the legs
  • Itching in the lower leg or ankle
  • Discoloration of skin

Although varicose veins are most frequently found in the legs, they can also occur in other areas, such as the pelvis, vagina, uterus, esophagus or anus.

Prevention Of Varicose Veins

While some individuals may develop varicose veins regardless of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there are steps that can be taken to lower one’s risk. These preventative measures include maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, taking frequent breaks from sitting or standing, and elevating the legs while at rest.

Treatment Of Varicose Veins

There are many treatment options available for the treatment of varicose veins, depending on the severity of the individual case.

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