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Veins on the Legs? Don’t Panic, Here’s What You Should Do!

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Veins on the Legs? Don’t Panic, Here’s What You Should Do!

There’s nothing to worry about when you find these veins on your legs or limbs. 

Timely varicose veins treatment can avoid large leg veins to improve their appearance and decrease the risk of pain, swelling, and other issues that come with it.

Those dark blue and purple veins that are projecting on the skin surface, are they restricting you from wearing that beachwear or other clothes which are exposing your beautiful legs? Now that summer is on the edge, this is a good time to check your legs & limbs and then start your varicose and spider veins treatment as soon as possible if needed.

Treatment for varicose veins is not just meant for cosmetic purposes. Spider Veins and Varicose Veins cause pain, discomfort and sometimes bleeding in your legs.

But what cause varicose veins and spider veins?

Nobody knows the exact causes of varicose and spider veins but they often start forming when internal veins are weakened, damaged and if they are not performing well.

Non-visible veins in legs have one-way valves inside which prevent blood from flowing back. When these valves fail to perform, as usual, blood starts to collect in the veins instead of flowing the blood to your heart. The veins then grow. Varicose veins often damage the legs. The veins in your legs are obviously far from your heart, and gravity works the best when it prevents the blood from flowing upward.

Here are some possible causes for varicose veins you should know about:

  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Age over 50
  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Obesity
  • Family history of varicose veins and blood clots
  • The use of birth control pills
  • Sometimes tumours and constipation.

What are some risk factors for varicose and spider veins?

Varicose and Spider Veins often emerge in women rather than in men. They may increase as per the age. 

Around 30% to 60% of adults have varicose or spider veins.

Notable symptoms of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins (You might want to verify them if you have visible ones)

It all starts with pain can be described as aching or getting cramps in the legs. Other common symptoms of Varicose and Spider veins are restlessness, tiredness, throbbing, heavy legs and tingling in the legs. Pain from these legs could often be experienced by elevating legs or by wearing support lines like pantyhose.

Women may experience these symptoms in worse conditions like a menstrual cycle or during the pregnancy. Lesser common symptoms are swelling, ulcers and darkening the skin especially in the ankles. Sometimes, varicose veins can be painful blood clot with the burning of the veins, mostly recognized as thrombophlebitis.

Are you feeling pain or cramps on your legs and seeing some of the faint blue or purple veins?

Here’s what you should do rather than panicking. (Diagnosing the Varicose & Spider Veins)

The surgeon might examine your legs and visible veins both while you are sitting and standing to diagnose varicose veins. They might ask you some common questions like if you are feeling any chronic pain or symptoms you are having.

They might as well recommend you have an ultrasound to the blood flow.

What’s the best way to treat and prevent spider veins / varicose veins?

Usually, physicians are careful while preventing and treating varicose and spider veins. You may be advised to change a part of your lifestyle, instead of directly jumping strong treatments.

Lifestyle changes:

Here are some changes that may help prevent varicose veins and spider veins from getting worse:

  • Avoid standing for longer times
  • Control obesity and maintain a normal weight
  • Exercise to improve your blood circulation
  • Using the compression socks or stockings

If you already have these issues, you must start taking these steps in order to prevent new veins to develop. You should also start putting your legs in an upward position for some time if you are resting down.

Always remember, Varicose and Spider Veins can make your legs sore if they are burning. Inflammation in the veins can be a sign that you must visit the doctor and prevent all the swelling and other numbness you might start feeling in the legs.

What are the surgical options available to remove Varicose & Spider Veins?

If changes in lifestyle are not working out for you, or if your condition is getting serious, treating them with surgery is the only option you should opt for.

Surgical treatments are often done with anaesthesia. During the surgery, the doctor will cut the skin, remove them through incisions. Although, new variations of surgery have developed that are safer and less painful than ever before.

Some of the common surgical options for treating varicose veins and spider veins are:

  1. Sclerotherapy – where a liquid or foam chemical injection is used to block off a larger vein
  2. Microsclerotherapy – Which uses a liquid chemical injection to block off smaller veins
  3. Laser Surgery – That uses light energy to block off a vein
  4. Endovenous Ablation Therapy – Which is done using the heat and radiofrequency waves to block off a vein
  5. Endoscopic Vein Surgery – Which uses a small lighted scope inserted through a small incision to block off a vein

At Prague Medical Institute, the team of expert Veins Surgeons and Plastic Surgeons are equipped to treat and free you by removal of Varicose and Spider veins. 

So, don’t panic and get in touch with the expert team at Prague Medical Institute to get rid of varicose veins and spider veins.

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