Do you suffer from varicose veins? Do you feel sometimes like you can’t do anything about them? Or maybe you don’t even know what causes those crappy varicose veins to invade your territory?
If those questions are all your mind can think of these days, we have got you covered my friend.
In this article, we will go in details into everything you need to know about varicose veins. We will cover what exactly are varicose veins, their causes as well as simple tricks to treat them.
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Now, before taking any further steps, let’s get to the very first point you should be familiar with,
Varicose veins are twisted, swollen veins that occur from the veins filling up with an abnormal collection of blood.
The most common areas for varicose veins are in the legs, ankle, and feet. This condition can affect anyone at any age; however, women and older individuals are at a higher risk of developing varicose veins. In most cases, varicose veins do not cause pain and are not life threatening.
As the blood circulates through the lower limbs, the valves in the veins pump the blood back up to the heart. When the valves are not functioning properly, the blood will pool up in the vein causing it to enlarge. The symptoms of varicose veins may include visible dark blue or purplish veins, fatigue in the legs, skin discoloration, burning or itching around the enlarged veins, and swelling or muscle cramping in the lower part of the legs. More severe cases can cause skin ulcers around the ankle which require medical attention.
Multiple causes of varicose veins include pregnancy, standing or sitting for long periods of time, obesity, and a condition caused thrombophlebitis. Thrombophlebitis is the inflammation of a vein caused by a blood clot. Family history is also a risk factor as it is likely that an individual will develop varicose veins if other family members have them.
The diagnosis of varicose veins is typically evaluated by the appearance of the veins in the legs. Doctors may request a duplex ultrasound exam to rule out the possibility of other leg disorders and to observe the blood flow among the legs.
Treatment usually consists of elevation of the legs while resting, avoiding excessive standing, and the use of elastic support hose to help the blood flow more efficiently throughout the legs. If the condition is not resolved by self-care methods such as the ones listed above, other treatment options may be considered. Laser surgery and vein stripping are minimally invasive treatments; however, they may cause a considerable amount of pain and bruising, and their recovery time is at least days, if not weeks.
Some of the best ways to treat varicose veins are as follows:
Let’s start with home remedies first, as those are more effective.
Varicose veins can be treated in certain cases using home remedies. These remedies are as follows:
Garlic is one of the most powerful tools we all have in our kitchens to fight disease. It’s anti-inflammatory properties, lack of calories and extremely nutritious content make it a powerful tool to combat illness. It helps with varicose veins by primarily improving circulation in the blood. Circulation problems start with varicose veins and by helping improve circulation, garlic attacks the root of the problem. Garlic cloves may be crushed and ground into liquid form before administering them on the affected area. They can also be taken orally.
just like garlic, olive oil also helps improve circulation. Gently massaging on the affected area or areas with olive oil has been known to reduce inflammation and pain quickly. Care must be taken while massaging and it has to be done gently.
varicose veins usually cause swelling. Apple cider vinegar helps improve the blood flow in the affected areas and helps in reducing the swelling. Given its acidic nature, it is better if it is diluted with a little bit of water before being administered. Too much of it can cause skin irritation for the same reason.
To improve blood circulation, good quality exercise is a must. Swimming and long walks are ideal. Do not sit or stand in one position for too long. This will exacerbate varicose veins.
Once again this has to do with enabling smooth flow of blood in the feet. Elevate your feet while resting to ensure proper circulation.
Shed the excess weight. Fatty deposits in the leg area will worsen varicose veins. Keep a track of your weight is an absolute must when you are suffering from varicose veins.
Sometimes the above mentioned home remedies are not enough. In such cases, the other options are:
How this works is that it sends bursts of light directly onto the veins. The best part about laser surgery is that it is non-invasive. Therefore, you do not have to worry about painful needles being inserted.
There are some who also suggest homeopathy and other alternative medicine for the treatment of varicose veins. The effectiveness of such treatments is up for debate. If you have used the same in the past and have had success with it, there is no harm in giving it a try.
As you guys can see varicose veins are not something to worry about. They are not that serious and they can be treated with simply making some tweaks to your lifestyle.
Now, what do you struggle with when it comes to varicose veins? Have you ever tried to use some of the above treatments? Let us know in the comment below. We are more than glad to hear from you.