By Dr_Trisha-Macnair Published 01/27/2016 13:39:00 | Views: 507

What are the symptoms?

The legs may ache, feel heavy and be uncomfortable. In severe cases the skin over the vein becomes dry, itchy, and thin and an ulcer may develop at this site. They become more obvious in warm weather and when someone stands up.

Who can get them?

They are rare in people under the age of 20 and become more common as people get older. Around one in five people will develop varicose veins and women are more often affected than men.

The condition can run in families and is more likely to develop in pregnancy.

How can they be prevented?

Walking regularly to exercise the legs and keep the blood flowing helps to prevent varicose veins developing.

Standing for long periods and being overweight increases the risk of varicose veins developing so these should be avoided.

Treatment

  • Raise the legs higher than the chest after standing for long periods.
  • Compression stockings help prevent the veins swelling.
  • Mild cases of varicose veins can be treated with sclerotherapy that involves closing off the veins by injecting a chemical into them. Vein stripping is another treatment and is used for recurrent or more severe varicose veins.
  • Complementary therapies include applying witch-hazel solution to the legs and using extract of horse chestnut either in a cream or supplement.
 
 
 
 
By Dr_Trisha-Macnair 01/27/2016 13:39:00
 
 

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