One common problem people have today especially as they age is the appearance of varicose veins. Even until now, many still have misconceptions about them. To clear it out, a definition of varicose veins might help.
So what are varicose veins? These are the veins that have bulged out from your skin’s surface due to swelling and may appear as red, blue, violet or flesh-colored, and are most often found in your legs. As veins carry blood to the heart from the body, they pass through one-way valves that help maintain the blood flow to be in the right direction. Damaged or weak valves make the blood back up and pool in the veins, eventually causing them to swell, thus, leading to varicose veins.
If you may be asking who are more prone to varicose veins, well everyone is but here are some factors that might increase the development of varicose veins in your body:
1. Family History: Based on science, half of the total people with varicose veins are more likely to pass it to the other family members.
2. Gender: Women have higher chances of getting varicose veins than men, because of hormonal changes experienced during puberty, pregnancy, menopause and/or the consumption of birth control pills.
3. Age: As people get older, the chances of having varicose veins also get higher because the veins get weaker as you age.
4. Leg trauma: Blood clots or any type of valve damage from the past may fail to properly move blood back to your heart.
5. Body weight: Your veins are strained by being overweight.
6. Pregnancy: Your veins are affected by the extra pounds you gain, but varicose veins caused by pregnancy usually clears up a year after delivery or earlier.
If you are one of those who have varicose veins, treatments are effective as long as they relieve symptoms, avoid complications, and develop appearance. To start with, lifestyle changes must be developed. First, you can lessen the amount of time that you sit or stand. Second, wearing compression stockings could actually also help. Next, tone your calf muscles by using low-heeled shoes, lose weight and exercise to improve blood circulation and improve muscle tone. And lastly, you can elevate your legs and feet above the heart regularly.