Varicose and Spider Veins
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are caused by enlarged and twisted blood vessels. They can occur anywhere on the body, but are more common in the legs. These blood vessels have enlarged due to a weakening in the vein wall. They are located deeper in the skin than spider veins and are raised above the skin.
Varicose veins are not a life-threatening medical condition, but they can lead to more serious problems, such as:
- Phlebitis – Inflammation of the vein
- Thrombosis – Blood clot forming in an enlarged vein
- Venous stasis ulcer – Ulcer forming when there is not proper drainage in the enlarged vein
Although varicose veins might not be a serious medical condition, they can be noticeable and people are often self-conscious.
What are the risk factors for varicose veins?
Factors that may increase pressure include:
- Being overweight
- Being a woman
- Being physical inactive
- Genetic disposition
- Taking oral contraceptive pills or hormone replacement
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How can you prevent varicose veins?
Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly can help prevent the development of varicose veins. You should also:
- Put your feet up while sitting
- Uncross your legs while sitting
- Consider wearing compression stockings
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are a milder venous condition. They are caused by the dilation of a small group of blood vessels near the surface of your skin. They often look like a sunburst or “spider web,” are red or blue in color, and are commonly found on the face and legs.
What causes spider veins?
The cause of spider and varicose veins are unknown. However, contributing factors incluse age, heredity, hormonal changes and pregnancy.
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