Some of the symptoms you already noticed may be the size and color of your leg veins. This is usually a larger deep darkish colored vein that bulges out from the leg. It is normal for the vein to itch and be somewhat sore. These veins also result in swelling and scarring of the skin.
You must also be careful when scratching because this can cause open sores. Besides all of this, there is heaviness within the legs and puffiness of the ankles. This is only a touch of what you can expect with varicose veins.
However, what many people want to know is what causes these awful looking veins. Unfortunately, the cause of these veins are not a quick or simple answer, because of its variety of factors.
One of the first well know factors to have these type veins are knowing they are more common in women than in men. Another well known fact is varicose veins are connected with genetics and you are more likely to get them if one of your parents has had them.
However, other reasons can come into play as a cause of varicose veins. Things such as being pregnant, being overweight, menopause, aging, prolonged standing, leg injury and abdominal straining are all associated to varicose veins. Keep in mind, none of them alone seem to be the cause of these type veins.
A little bit more of an explanation of what’s going on inside your leg is at its bottom level, the valves in your leg veins are not closing up properly. This results in the blood backing up. This then damages your vein, developing the varicose vein. Once you have the varicose veins, they will continue to cause the valves even more damage and the veins become larger.
While it might be any combination of reasons you have your varicose veins, you are still left with their awful complications to deal with it. Now that we know genetics as well as hereditary factors can occur together, your main concern how to reduce them.
Just like the factors which bring about varicose veins, there are tons of remedies, and they are all pretty much wide-ranging. It mainly will depend on the seriousness of your varicose veins and your physician’s opinion. Treatment can be anything from compression stockings, laser treatment, to a full blown surgery.
Since the blood is in fact backing up, raising and maintaining your feet at an elevated level above your heart will help. This forces the blood out of the legs and provides the veins some relief from the stress of the backed up blood. Keep in mind, the relief from this elevating of the legs is only short-term.
It is important you speak with a physician about stopping further damage or fixing the damage. This problem may be much more serious than the simple fact that it is unattractive. There can come a point where you have too much damage to your vein in order for it to be repaired, and your left with removing, or stripping, the vein.