As a server in a restaurant for many years now, I’m well-aware of the changes in the veins in my legs. But, honestly, I haven’t really paid much attention to them because they don’t cause me pain. I’m happy to present today’s article by guest blogger, Mason Brown, who shares with us some information about our veins and their care.
Veins play a crucial part of our body as they are blood vessels that carry our blood towards the heart. Without them, our body will not be able to operate. It is very important that we take good care of our veins to avoid circulatory problems, pain, cardiovascular conditions and swelling. We need to be familiarized with different type of veins for us to be able to take care of it.
Types of vein problems: Varicose Veins and Spider Veins
Varicose veins are veins under your skin that have become swollen, enlarged and twisted which often appear as red or blue in color. They are popularly known as appearing in the legs, but they can also occur in other parts of the body. They are more common on women than men, and mainly do not cause problems for most people except for being a cosmetic problem. Spider Veins on the other hand, are common among children and pregnant women and they are usually smaller, appear to be red, blue, and purple that also twist and turn.
They get their name from the red or blue veins which form a web which often starts to spread across your legs as we age.
Causes of varicose and spider veins
Varicose veins are often caused by standing for long periods of time, menopause, pregnancy, pressure on the midsection of the body, congenital chronic heart valve conditions, and obesity which adds more weight to the body and increases the pressure on your legs. Spider veins which are also called as telangiectasias are caused by increased pressure in the veins. They are more of a hereditary and more common as we age.
Symptoms of vein problems
Visible signs that you have a vein problem is that you will see veins which are dark purple or blue in color on your skin, popularly on your legs and appear twisted and bulging. You may also feel an achy or heavy feeling on your legs, intense pain after long hours of standing or sitting down, muscle cramping and swelling, itching around one or more of your veins. Some serious form of vascular disease that requires medical attention would show as a change in color, inflammation of the skin near your ankle and hardening of the vein.
Home treatment for varicose veins
To avoid or lessen the possibility of getting this, you may do some exercise, watch your diet and your weight, avoid high heels which could give discomfort and pressure on your feet, elevate your legs when you get home to help the circulation of the blood, avoid long periods of standing or sitting. You do not have to spend a fortune for the cure of varicose veins as there are a lot home remedies that you can use for your treatment. A gentle massage with upward strokes can help smooth out veins that have become twisted and accelerate the blood flow.
Applying a mud pack to the affected area can also help reduce the swelling. You can also try to apply horse chestnut, grape seed extract, cayenne pepper and apple cider vinegar as they are known to remedy varicose veins.
New treatment to get rid of pain in vein
If you have sever varicose vein problems and home remedies don’t provide a desired resolution, you can opt for some medical procedures. One of the new treatments being used is sclerotherapy where it wipes out 80% of treated veins. Before you go through the treatment, thorough evaluation is done to make sure that you avoid any side effects. This treatment can be highly expensive since they require a high degree of technical skill and special training to perform this treatment. Just because you have vein finders in your home does not mean that you can perform the treatment yourself.
Taking care of our veins should mostly rely on our lifestyle. Prevention is always better than cure so make sure that you watch what you eat and be conscious of your daily activity.
About the Author
Mason Brown is a writer for www.aimvein.com. It is an authorized company that provides high quality product “Vein Finder” which detects subcutaneous veins through patented infrared light technology.
Do you have any vein issues? Are you doing anything about it?