What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are veins near the surface of the skin on the legs which have become permanently distended and filled with blood. Veins have valves that are designed to prevent blood from flowing backwards due to gravity. When a valve malfunctions or vein walls weaken, blood collects in the vein, forcing it to bulge. Varicose veins are unsightly, bluish or
purple in color and can protrude from the leg. They may cause discomfort such as swelling, throbbing, heaviness, night cramps and long-term complications such as ulcerations or bleeding.
A vein is a blood vessel that carries blood low in oxygen content from the body to the lungs and heart. It is a normal part of the circulatory system. Thousands of people every year consider getting treatment for varicose veins and spider veins. Advertisements for treating venous disease often tout "unique," "permanent," "painless," or "absolutely safe" methods - making it difficult to decide on the best treatment. If you are considering this procedure, the following information may help. Remember, though, this cannot substitute for a consultation with a properly-trained physician.
Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted, painful superficial veins resulting from poorly functioning valves. Varicose veins are common. They mostly affect women. Varicose veins are also called: Varicosity and Varicosis. In severe cases, varicose veins can lead to skin changes resulting in eczema, pigmentation, and ulceration or bleeding. Varicose veins can be aggravated by: pregnancy, menopause, obesity, aging of the tissues, and the use of birth control pills and hormonal therapy.