Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen and twisted veins that can protrude close to the surface of the skin. They are generally red or bluish-purple in color and most commonly found in the legs. However, varicose veins can occur in other parts of the body such as the feet and the vulva. The legs are the most common area for varicose and spider veins. This is because extended periods of standing or sitting can put pressure on the veins of the lower body.
Symptoms and Conditions
Varicose veins can actually be quite painful, causing achiness and burning sensations. And quite often they cause a cosmetic concern. But there are greater issues than aesthetics if varicose and spider veins are left untreated. The somewhat twisted and enlarged veins can develop into more threatening conditions like blood clots, ulcers and other serious issues. Actually, varicose veins are potentially dangerous, and should be examined by a specialist for either treatment or observation.
- History of blood clots
- Use of birth control pills
- Postmenopausal hormonal replacement
- Professions that involve long periods of standing like nurses, cashiers and factory workers
- Conditions that cause extra pressure around the abdomen like girdles, constipation and tumors
WebMD also reports that there are other conditions that may cause varicose and spider veins such as previous vein surgery, injury, and trauma to the skin and exposure to ultraviolet rays.
Although spider veins and varicose veins can be caused by various conditions, there are suggested methods of prevention. Rendering to WebMD, to some extent, varicose veins may be prevented by using compression stockings to increase circulation, and by avoiding long periods of sitting and standing.
According to , you can take certain steps to lower your chances of getting varicose veins. One of the best ways of prevention is to have an active lifestyle. Leg exercises are most important, such as walking, hiking and jogging. Also, avoid certain postures such as crossing the legs when sitting. Instead, raise the legs above the heart every chance you get, including while you sleep.
The type of shoes that you wear also play a big factor. Many specialists recommend that you avoid heels and weNote: This article is not intended to replace professional medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns about spider veins or varicose veins, make an appointment with William H. Johnson, M.D. or an M.D. in your area.ar supportive shoes or flats.
Start by seeing a vein or vascular specialist when you first notice that you have spider veins or varicose veins. Although the condition may be minor, varicose veins can worsen and may lead to serious conditions if left untreated.
The Vein Center at Johns Creek has a highly qualified team that can answer any questions or concerns. In addition, William H. Johnson, M.D. has extensive experience and an education in vascular conditions. In fact, Dr. Johnson has helped many people who have embarrassing leg veins including severe conditions. Additionally, Dr. Johnson can assist you with the most advanced treatment for varicose veins.
The Vein Center at Johns Creek is located in Suwanee, GA and also serves the surrounding areas such as Alpharetta, Duluth, Buford, Lilburn, Norcross, Roswell, Snellville, and Dunwoody.
Note: This article is not intended to replace professional medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns about spider veins or varicose veins, make an appointment with William H. Johnson, M.D. or an M.D. in your area.