Varicose veins

Varicose veins, also called spider veins, varices or phlebitis, are widened vessels and do usually occur in the legs. Varicose veins are recognized by the presence of clearly visible, blue and widened veins in the legs.

Phlebitis occurs when the check valve in the vein does not functions properly. This check valve prevents blood from flowing back. Varicose veins are caused by a genetic predisposition, excessive standing or pregnancy. People with certain professions (with a lot of standing) have more risk of getting varicose veins. Varicose veins can also be a result of thrombosis. When there is thrombosis in the leg (DVT), the veins which not have cluttered will be overloaded, causing the check valves to stop working. Furthermore, a vein inflammation can be caused by hormonal influences, surgery or an accident.

Symptoms and treatment for varicose veins

The symptoms are mostly limited to aesthetic problems, but can also manifest itself in:

• Tired legs, languid and heavy feeling, restless legs
• Pain
• Bleeding from the varicose veins, due to bumping for example.

Varicose veins can be removed in different ways:

• Serial compression sclerotherapy
• Laser treatment
• Surgically

How to prevent varicose veins

After treatment, an inflammation of the vein is possible. This vein inflammation is not evil. After treatment, the chance remains the varicose veins to return. Support stockings are prescribed after most treatments, to alleviate the symptoms and physical discomfort. These elastic stockings support the moisture transport in the legs and prevent the returning of varicose veins. It is important to get the right treatment, to avoid complications like lymphedema.

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