Millions of women shy away from wearing skirts, shorts or bathing suits because they fear showing unsightly leg veins. For some, these veins can even be painful. Some patients describe them as itchy, throbbing, burning and generally uncomfortable. These symptoms can sometimes be suppressed by wearing support hose, but that is not always a tolerable option.
The blood vessels do not resolve on their own and therefore treatment can be helpful. If you want to dare to bare those legs again, or rid yourself of the discomfort, then you may want to learn more about sclerotherapy and laser therapy.
What Causes Vein Disease?
Approximately 80 million Americans suffer from some type of vein disease, with women largely being the majority who seek treatment.
There are several types of visible leg veins. Spider veins are the fine red blood vessels that occur on the thighs and lower legs, typically in clusters that can look like a large bruise. Reticular veins are the medium sized veins that are just below the skin and appear bluish/greenish in color. Varicose veins are larger, darker and usually look like they’re bulging.
Varicose veins are produced when small valves in veins stop working and make the blood returning to the heart flow in the wrong direction, causing the veins to multiply to accommodate the extra blood.
These veins mainly appear on women after the age of 30, but can appear earlier. Other factors that can affect development of these veins include heredity, pregnancy, obesity, sitting or standing for long periods of time and hormonal influences.
While these veins are not considered a medical emergency, they do cause women to feel self-conscious about their legs.
Can I Prevent Varicose And Spider Veins?
Varicose veins can be prevented by regular exercise by improving leg muscles and circulation. It is best not to sit cross legged and to elevate the legs while resting. Avoid standing in one place for long periods of time, and if your job requires you to, consider wearing support stockings and practice standing exercises.
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