Are the enlarged veins on your legs causing trouble? Are you sure they are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are large, twisted blue colored veins commonly found on the legs, thighs and ankles and occasionally around the anus. They are either genetic or congenital. Obesity, pregnancy, prolonged standing or straining due to chronic constipation or cough are the common reasons for varicose veins. They are mostly found in elders which worsen with age. Normally they have no symptoms except for their blue twisted and unpleasant appearance.
A varicose vein occurs when a vein becomes weak and incapable of carrying blood to the heart. Blood that gets pooled in these veins causes them to swell and enlarge. Varicose veins give you achy legs or ankles which are swollen and tired. The skin becomes dry and itchy as the condition worsens. The swollen veins break open resulting in bleeding sores.
The tiny varicose veins showing of the surface on the skin in red or blue are called spider veins. They are quite often seen on the legs and face of many people.
Living with Varicose Veins
If you have the history of varicose running in the family you may want to look for preventive measures. Doctors generally suggest calf raises and exercises like walking half a mile daily as a preventive measure. Exercise would aid blood circulation in the body, pushing blood back toward the heart and preventing it from pooling in the legs.
If you have a painful clot or profuse bleeding you will have to seek immediate medical attention. In the same way, the appearance of a sudden lump or an open sore will have to checked by your physician. A medical evaluation is required to find the severity of your varicose veins and to decide on the right kind of treatment or surgery.