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Do you suffer from Varicose Veins? They’re those thick, bulging, purple and blue veins that can appear on your legs.
They’re commonly confused with Spider Veins, which are similarly colored, but smaller, and appear in web-like clusters.
But, if you suffer from Varicose Veins, you might actually suffer from a more serious medical condition called Venous Insufficiency.
Here’s what to know about Varicose Veins and what can be done about them.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Varicose Veins are caused by veins that are too weak to pump blood back to the heart. This usually occurs due to damage to the valves of the veins.
Certain factors can put you at risk. Age, pregnancy, smoking or nonsmoking, or obesity may put you at higher risk.
What Are Issues That Can Be Caused by Varicose Veins?
While Varicose Veins can be simply a cosmetic issue, they can often point to much deeper issues.
If you’re suffering from discomfort, such as restlessness in the legs, achiness, pain, or a burning sensation, this can point to circulatory issues.
More severely, if you have ulcers on the legs, this points to Chronic Venous Insufficiency. This should be checked out immediately.
What Can Be Done About Varicose Veins?
Varicose Veins can be treated in a number of ways.
For less serious cases, individuals may consider trying out compression socks, which improve circulation, or elevating the legs, which help the veins fight gravity and improves circulation.
A heavier duty option is vein stripping. Sclerotherapy is the process of removing the veins surgically, either through chemicals or through ultrasounds.
A more advanced solution is endovenous laser ablation, where a laser heats up the problematic blood vessel and gets rid of it. Depending on the severity of your Varicose Veins, the more advanced option may be necessary.
For additional information on leg vein treatment in Bel Air, Maryland please call the Vein Center of Maryland to schedule an appointment.