Have you ever wondered why some of your veins, particularly the ones on your legs, seem swollen? These are varicose veins and although you’ll mostly find them on your legs, they can actually form anywhere around your body.
Although they may seem more of a cosmetic nuisance than anything else, these can present a serious health concern to you, particularly if they start getting painful.
Hogue Vein Institute explains, “Aside from being unsightly, varicose veins can cause a variety of symptoms and serious health problems if left untreated.” There are many reasons the veins bulge and swell, and it’s usually due to the veins valve’s being clogged or damaged.
Obesity is another contributing factor, and varicose veins are a good indicator that you are already beyond your normal body weight. The veins compress and grow tighter, and the swelling further exacerbates the pain you may already be experiencing from your strained joints.
Varicose veins may also form if you do a lot of standing without any rest. Nurses, factory workers, and even barbers are prone to getting these swollen veins.
Figure out what’s causing varicose veins from forming before you seek help. If it’s due to obesity or the kind of work you do, try shedding some pounds and give yourself enough time to rest. Wearing compression socks and support stockings are also a good way to address these veins, particularly for those whose jobs demand a lot of standing.
If the veins are due to hormonal changes or are hereditary, it’s to seek medical help. There are many treatments that can get rid of these veins permanently, such as sclerotherapy and endovenous laser treatments, to name a few.
Varicose veins are an underrated health concern. It’s important to assess your current condition and figure out what’s causing these swollen veins to appear. They aren’t just unsightly to look at, after all; they may be a sign of more serious health problems.