September 27, 2022

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How To Cope With Varicose Veins

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The enlarged or twisted veins in our body are called the varicose veins. For some, it may appear natural and be painless. Others may have to bear the never-ending pain and restlessness for a while.

The fact that these veins are of dark blue and purple colour makes their identification easier. It is advised to have a varicose veins examination done whenever one encounters any pain in their leg.

Technically, varicose veins can take place in any area of our body. Our legs are the most prominent ones.

Identifying symptoms

Sometimes, these veins may not cause any pain, but their appearance is significant, as said above. Talking about more symptoms, you can get a varicose veins examination when you feel-

  • An achy or heavy feeling in your legs
  • A burning sensation
  • Muscle cramps or swollen legs
  • Itching around one or more of your veins
  • Skin discolouration

Going To A Doctor

Honestly, if you encounter any of the above symptoms, getting checked should be your first precaution. There is no harm in regular checkups, and so you can even go for half-yearly checkups after you turn 40.

Many people prefer to ease out their pain with regular exercise. Normal stretching and yoga can help reduce swelling. You can also wear compression stockings or keep your leg lifted with support if you feel pain at any time during the day. A varicose veins examination makes it clear what your further plan of action should be.

Some may feel the need for painkillers, while others like to do it without the help of any synthetic chemicals.

Causes

We all know that arteries carry blood from our heart to the rest of our body and tissues. At the same time, the veins return the blood from all over the place to the core. This circulation is crucial for our body to function correctly.

Although, for our veins to return the blood to the heart, they must work against gravity. This leads the weak and damaged valves to develop varicose veins.

In our legs, muscle contradictions act as pumps. When the blood has to flow upwards, the tiny valves in our veins open up, allowing the blood to go up as and when they get a push. The valves close to ensure that the same, deoxygenated blood does not flow back downwards. Though, if these tiny valves are weak or damaged due to any reason, the blood may flow backwards and pool in the vein. They are causing the veins to stretch or twist.

Complications-

Some rare but possible complications that can take place are-

  • Ulcers- a painful ulcer can take place at the spot where you have your varicose vein. It usually happens near the ankle. Look out for any discoloured spots that you might see and report to a doctor immediately.
  • Blood clots- sometimes, veins deep within the legs can become particularly enlarged; you would encounter immense pain and swell in such a case. Persistent pain includes the formation of a blood clot within your skin. Only a doctor can guide you for further care so visit your nearest hospital in such a case.
  • Bleeding- veins close to the skin have chances of bursting out. This would cause mild bleeding, but, again, it requires immediate medical attention.

Ways To Prevent It-

  • Exercise regularly
  • Keep your weight in check as obesity is one of the significant reasons for its cause.
  • Eat a high-fibre and low-salt diet.
  • Avoid wearing heels too much.
  • I prefer to wear comfortable hosiery for regular use.
  • Change your sitting and standing postures regularly.
  • Elevating your legs