I have varicose veins and although I feel self-conscious about them, I haven’t paid them much attention since I didn’t think they caused any issues. Well, in today’s guest post by Rachelle Wilbur, we find out that they CAN cause health problems over time. Keep reading to get the scoop!
In the United States alone, about 40 percent of men and 50 percent of women between the ages of 30 to 70 suffer from varicose veins. It is easy to ignore varicose veins since they are believed to cause no major health problems. Besides that, with pants and pants suits in vogue, they are relatively easy to hide. However, there are several ways varicose veins can affect you.
Here are five of those ways:
Varicose veins can be painful and uncomfortable.
People who suffer from them know that after being on their feet too long, the veins swell and become tender. Others complain of throbbing discomfort at night. Though these sensations may come only sporadically, they are never pleasant to contend with, and they can affect your disposition and the quality of your sleep.
Varicose veins can result in skin ulcers.
Varicose veins occur when blood pools in the veins located in the lower legs due to poor circulation. When this condition becomes chronic, the veins will bulge increasingly, and skin ulcers can develop. These sores are not only painful, they can also be infected. Usually, a discolored spot will precede the development of an ulcer.
When varicose veins become severe, there is a slightly higher risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
DVT occurs when a clot forms in one of the veins located deep within the body. Usually, DVT occurs in veins found in the legs. If this clot breaks loose, it can find its way to the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism.
Varicose veins can lead to low self-esteem.
Varicose veins can be quite unsightly, and as they worsen, they can become enlarged and gnarled. While wearing pants can keep varicose veins out of sight, women still do wear skirts, and even men have to wear shorts and swimsuits at times. At the very least, varicose veins can limit options when you want to wear clothes that fit the time, place, and occasion. As a whole, it does nothing for a person’s self-esteem to know that he or she has ugly, knotted veins.
Varicose veins lead to thin, sensitive skin.
Over time, the skin over the affected veins becomes thin and vulnerable to injuries, and these injuries can lead to bleeding. Having fragile skin can seriously limit a person’s freedom to engage in activities such as sports.
Varicose veins are often perceived as a minor nuisance when in truth, they can lead to major problems. When you see that varicose veins are beginning to develop, the best thing to do would be to consult experts in vein care. A good, reliable clinic will have the capacity to assess the condition of your veins using the latest and most accurate technology.
Do not go to a cosmetologist; instead, seek the help of a doctor who is working with trained and caring personnel. This way you will receive the best possible care and personal touch so that your varicose veins can be treated in just a few visits.
About the Author
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on twitter: @RachelleWilber
Knowing this, are you now considering varicose vein treatment?