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5 Effective Ways Of Treating Varicose Veins

 

Varicose veins and spider veins are a common condition that usually cause panic at first. They are, for the most part, considered a cosmetic issue rather than a health issue. The reason for this is because in most cases they are harmless, but they have an unattractive look to them. It’s understandable to want to have them removed, as they appear blue and bulgy.

 

There are many well-documented and well-researched ways to do this. But first, let’s look at varicose veins in more detail.

 

Varicose veins are regular veins which are very noticeable because they are swollen. More so, they occur in almost 50{339d89f2160451a2238f9b1421059eec67b65c4cfd97476d84b976b545b49168} of the adult population in the US.

 

A cousin of the varicose vein condition are spider veins. In this case, they don’t swell up but are equally visible. They spread throughout the leg like a spider web.

 

The general opinion is that varicose veins and spider veins are mostly an issue in women. The numbers are quite different. The estimate is that 55{339d89f2160451a2238f9b1421059eec67b65c4cfd97476d84b976b545b49168} of women and 45{339d89f2160451a2238f9b1421059eec67b65c4cfd97476d84b976b545b49168} of men have them. There is speculation that men simply don’t pay as much attention to them. This is because their legs are hidden by trousers most of the day. They also don’t hurt, which is why they are sometimes written off as part of the aging process.

 

Of course, they are indeed part of the aging process. Yet, if there is a solution for varicose veins and spider veins, why not resolve the issue?

 

Regardless of the case, they should be checked out by your doctor. This eliminates the possibility of a more serious underlying cause, such as deep vein thrombosis.

 

Why do we have veins? Veins return the blood back to the heart after the arteries send it out. That process is difficult because they are always fighting gravity. To stop blood from flowing back down to our lower extremities, we have valves that block the passages in the vein. As veins become weaker with age, the valves no longer function properly, causing the blood to pool in our legs.

 

The specific cause for varicose veins still remains unclear. They are usually considered hereditary. Other theories link to pregnancy, or prolonged pressure on the legs over time. Obesity and standing for long periods are considered as well.

 

The most common symptoms include itchiness in the affected region, with a general feeling of heaviness due to swelling. Restless leg syndrome has also been reported in many cases.

 

Now, to the part where we tackle treatment. Varicose veins can be treated invasively (i.e. having them surgically removed) or non-invasively. Keep in mind that many natural remedies have been developed to treat them.

 

Here are five non-invasive options.

 

  1. Compression therapy

 

One of the most recommended solutions by doctors are compression stockings. These are long, tight socks that gently squeeze around the ankle area, and gradually loosen as they go further up the leg. …