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Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins that bulge out from the surface of the skin. They are usually blue or purple. They can happen anywhere in the body, but they are most commonly found in the legs and feet. There are several effective treatments for varicose veins and techniques to help minimize the chances they will reoccur after treatment.
Varicose veins happen when the valves that keep the blood flowing in the right direction fail. This failure causes blood to pool in the veins. Over time the veins become swollen and visible through the skin.
For many people, varicose veins are a cosmetic concern with no real symptoms except the unsightly appearance of the veins. For others, varicose veins can cause pain, rashes, swelling of the surrounding tissue, and in rare cases, blood clots or ulcers.
If you experience any other symptoms, you should have them checked out by a vein specialist. They will be able to tell you if your varicose veins present any risks to your health and offer you advice about available treatments.
There are various approaches to treatments for varicose veins and include several distinct techniques:
Unfortunately, varicose veins do sometimes reoccur, but the chances of this happening are significantly reduced if both the medical staff and the patient follow the guidelines carefully. When done correctly, the above-listed treatments prevent the reoccurrence of the same varicose veins about 90% of the time, assuming that the patient follows the aftercare instructions and does not put undue pressure on the treated veins until they have had a chance to heal.
None of these treatments can prevent the appearance of varicose veins in another location. In part, varicose veins reoccur in other locations because of genetic weakness in the valves of the veins. There are ways to learn to live with varicose veins and prevent them from becoming severe.
If you are a person with a family history of varicose veins, they may reoccur time and time again. There are ways to delay the appearance of varicose veins and minimize their size. Here are a few tips for living well with varicose veins.
To find out more about varicose veins, how often they reoccur, or to find a vein specialist in your area to give you a complete checkup and explanation of your options, check out the My Vein Treatment website. You will find a great deal of information about spider and varicose veins. You can use the unique locator tool to connect to the right vein specialist for your specific needs.