The leading risk factors for varicose veins are heredity, gender, pregnancy, and age. Aggravating factors include prolonged standing, obesity, hormone levels, and physical trauma. Exercise, good health and compression stockings can help prevent varicose veins.
Wearing compression stockings is often the first approach people try before moving on to more intensive treatment. Worn all day long, compression stockings steadily squeeze your legs, which helps your veins and leg muscles move blood toward the heart. The amount of compression varies by the type and brand of stockings worn.
Faulty valves may be present in the connection between deep and superficial venous systems. This occurrence results in varicose veins, as well as chronic ulcers and skin discoloration. Improving the area’s health gradually reduces the blotchy appearance.
Commonly found on thighs and ankles, these appear as single or clusters of tiny, superficial veins, often with a distinct and unsightly look. The condition may result from hormonal influences, heredity, trauma, or venous reflux, and could require sclerotherapy or laser treatments, depending upon the location and size.
Affecting 40 percent of women and 25 percent of men, this condition has been attributed to heredity, gender, age, pregnancy, and more factors. Prolonged standing, obesity, hormone levels, and trauma may exacerbate it, and if untreated, varicose veins may progress to phlebitis or deep vein thrombosis.
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