Varicose Veins and what they are all about

It is usual for you to see bulging blood vessels protruding from your skin in areas of the body like your legs and hands. Some of these protruding blood vessels may be harmless, but others are signs of varicose veins Tallahassee. This condition is shared among a significant proportion of adults. More about this condition and ways of dealing with it are discussed below.

What are Varicose Veins?

These are swollen blood vessels that tend to be seen just beneath the surface of your skin’s lower parts of your body. Weak veins have valves that are worn out and back up blood in the vein. This results in the purple and blue bulges visible on your feet, legs, or ankles. Although various treatment plans may work, varicose veins may come back.

These bulges may be itchy or painful. Smaller purple or red lines may surround varicose veins close to your skin called spider veins. Severe varicose veins may cause intense health issues like blood clots. At-home or clinic-provided treatment options like laser therapy, injections, or surgery may relieve most symptoms.

Spider veins differ from varicose veins in that they are thinner, tinier, and look like blue or red tree branches near the skin’s surface. They are not typically painful and can be found on any body part, mostly on your feet, face, or behind your knee.

Factors that may affect the chances of varicose vein development include:

·         Women have more likelihood of contracting the disease due to pregnancy and female hormones that stretch the vein walls

·         Older people have more worn-out veins

·         Bad lifestyle habits like sitting or standing for long periods

·         The condition may be inherited

·         Tobacco use increases the chances of contraction

·         Specific health issues like constipation or tumors

·         Excess weight increases pressure on blood vessels

Signs and Symptoms

The blue or purple protruding vein is the most typical symptom. Others include:

·         Leg muscles may feel heavy, sluggish, or tired

·         Bulging veins

·         Pain and sore legs

·         Itching in the affected area

·         Ulcers and skin discoloration if left untreated


Varicose veins happen due to the weakening of vein walls that allow the vein to stretch and get bigger; therefore, the valves do not work as they should. This results in slow blood flow, causing bulging, swelling, and twisting. Reasons for weakened valve and vein walls include:

·         The aging process

·         Hormones

·         Restrictive clothing

·         Excess weight

·         Pressure from the vein due to long periods of standing

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis involves physical exams involving observation with ultrasounds for detailed vein images.

Varicose veins, although with no known cure, has treatment plans for relieving discomfort, including:

·         Elastic stockings to compress veins and minimize discomfort

·         Leg elevation above your waistline to decrease vein pressure and increase blood flow

·         Laser therapy through the use of a catheter and laser to close injured veins

·         Injection therapy causes vein walls to stick together and fade away

·         Vein surgery to tie off the or strip the vein

Varicose veins may hide under the notion of normal veins just protruding, but when they become painful and change color, they become a problem. They may cause discomfort or lead to other health issues. Check us out online or call our offices in Tallahassee, FL, for any varicose vein inquiries.

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