Varicose Veins a Healthy Priority in 2018

Make Treating Your Varicose Veins A Healthy Priority In 2018!

What are varicose veins? Varicose veins are veins whose walls have begun to thin allowing the blood’s pressure to build up and create a bulge. Varicose veins can happen because of a dysfunctional valve in the vein as well. You may know this condition by the name “spider veins”.  Vein doctors see this common issue often in their practices.

 Who is commonly affected by varicose veins?

  • Young Men
  • Older Men
  • Young Women
  • Pregnant Women
  • Older Women

There are a few different circumstances that cause varicose veins:

  • Valves get out of alignment
  • Pressure increases because of heavy working
  • Pregnancy increases blood pressure by increase in volume and body weight, progesterone relaxes veins
  • Age causes thinning of vein walls
  • Obesity

When the vein stretches abnormally, it can cause the valves that are normally in line with each other to come out of alignment. This can cause the blood to flow in a direction that it is not supposed to creating perfect conditions for a varicosity.

Heavy working can cause a breakdown in the wall of veins leading to thinning.Vein wall bulging becomes exaggerated during pregnancy because the heavy weight of the uterus puts additional pressure on veins that are already thinning or dysfunctional. Progesterone is a relaxing hormone whose levels rise during pregnancy further relaxing weakened vein walls. The volume of blood increases by approximately 40% during pregnancy as well, and this adds to the pressure on the vein walls.

Varicosities are a common side effect of aging. It is normal for skin and for vein walls to thin with age giving opportunity for varicosities to occur.Men and women young and old can suffer from varicose veins if they are obese. Obesity increases pressure on body tissues, muscles, bones and veins.

Varicose veins are usually easily seen as they are close to the surface of the skin. Blood in the body that has not yet been exposed to oxygen retains a bluish color, causing these veins to appear a deep blue or purple color. They can range in sight from thin squiggly lines to bulging, twisted and gnarled tubes that extend outward along the skin.  Sometimes they are described as ropey looking or bright/dark blue veins.

In addition to being unsightly, these bulging veins can also be quite painful. Some lucky people experience no discomfort or pain while others have intense throbbing or burning sensations. Either way – it is smart to be seen by a vascular specialist to find the appropriate varicose vein treatment for you.

Varicose Veins – Symptoms:

The smaller the varicose vein, the less discomfort or pain will be felt with it. Pain and symptoms differ among people and can include:

  • little to no pain
  • slight itching sensations
  • intense itching with slight burning
  • a deep throbbing pain and burning sensations
  • heavy, achy, or tired sensations in the limbs
  • pooling of blood under the skin with a small varicose rupture
  • an ulcer in the skin when a larger varicose vein ruptures

If you have further questions or are currently looking for treatment, call our office today and schedule an appointment with one of our physicians. At Carolina Vein Care & Aesthetics, our vascular specialists use advanced techniques to treat vein conditions causing you pain and discomfort.

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