These purplish cords emerge along the backs or insides of legs, taking the joy out of skirts and shorts. Simply, varicose veins are caused by gravity. Leg veins transport blood to your heart - an uphill battle. To keep blood from flowing backwards, veins are equipped with one-way valves, which, unfortunately, aren’t always airtight. When they leak, blood accumulates in the vein, causing it to bulge and weaken. The result: unsightly - and sometimes painful - varicose veins.Jump To Full Article Below
WHAT CAUSES VARICOSE VEINS
Varicose and spider veins are extremely common. They often make their debut in our 30s. By 60, 75% of women and 50% of men will have varicose spider veins.
Blame varicose veins on your parents (their genes), your job (sitting or standing for long periods of time), and your kids (the pressure they put on your body in utero).
Sitting and standing puts pressure on leg veins, and causes blood to pool. It’s like clamping one end of a garden hose. The hose can only expand so far to accommodate the added pressure, and water gets backlogged. Veins can withstand this force for a little while, but after a few hours, they can become stretched out and damaged in people susceptible to leg varicose veins.
Increased pressure on the abdomen strains veins in legs and contributes to spider and varicose veins. That includes obesity, pregnancy and wearing tight clothes.
Birth control pills and hormone therapy can worsen varicose veins.
Symptoms of varicose veins?
Varicose veins can cramp your style - and make legs ache, too. You may experience tired, aching legs; leg swelling or cramping. Legs can tingle, throb or itch. Symptoms are worse after sitting or standing, or at the end of a long day. Some people develop leg ulcers - shallow wounds that don’t heal. Painful varicose veins that are extremely swollen, hardened and sensitive could indicate a more serious, life-threatening condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Treatment of varicose veins?
While you can’t completely prevent varicose veins, you can slow them down and inhibit new ones.
Here, a few natural varicose vein treatments:
- Strut your stuff: Weight loss and daily exercise improve leg circulation. Walking is one of the best ways to treat and prevent varicose veins, because your calf muscles help pump the blood out of your legs.
- Pine for happier legs: Pycnogenol is a maritime pine bark extract that shows promise treating vein disease and chronic venous insufficiency. Consult your doctor before taking.
- Kick the heel habit: Avoid high heels. Low heels work the calf muscles more.
- Uncross your legs: Crossing your legs may exacerbate varicose veins.
- Forget statuesque: Avoid standing or sitting in one position for more than 30 minutes. Get up and walk around every half-hour.
- Get a leg up: Elevate your legs for 30 minutes every day.
- Don't stuff it: Tight clothes, support pantyhose, tights, shapewear and girdles without graduated compression prevent blood from flowing upward, worsening varicose veins.
- Slip into something more comfortable: Wear graduated compression stockings when sitting or standing for long periods of time. These supportive hosiery apply continuous pressure to the legs. Tightest at the ankles, they become looser as they move upward. This encourages upward blood flow. All of Solidea’s beautiful and comfortable products are made with graduated compression. Choose products with a compression level of 15 or higher.
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