Varicose veins are swollen twisted veins that you can see just under the surface of the skin. Generally it is seen in older people. If you notice red, dry and thin skin over your veins, get your veins treated now! Left untreated, the blood clots in veins can travel to the lungs, this can be life threatening. Check out for more warning signs.
Generally they are found in the legs and feet. However, they can occur in the other parts of the body such as oesophagus, womb, vagina, pelvis, rectum, etc.
Normally one way valves in the veins allow the blood to flow from legs to the heart. When these valves fail to work, blood gets pooled up in the veins. Due to this the veins become weak and large.
What are the warning signs?
The warning signs are:
- Veins in dark blue or purple colour
- Leg pain
- Aching or cramping
- Burning or itching sensation
- Swelling in leg or ankle
- Skin discoloration
- Restless legs
- Open wounds
- Heaviness, tiredness
- Colour changes
- Inflammation of skin
- Scaling of skin
Varicose veins are generally found in women. Other factors that increase the risk of developing this condition include age, pregnancy, overweight, family history and liver disease.
People who are overweight put excess pressure on their veins. During pregnancy, uterus puts pressure on the veins in the legs; this along with hormonal fluctuations can lead tovaricose veins in pregnant women.
People who have been diagnosed with congenital heart defect, hormonal imbalance or thrombophlebitis can also develop varicose veins. On an average, every 1 out of 2 people develop this condition.
People working in certain jobs such as nursing, waitressing and bartending are more likely to develop varicose veins.
A doctor will diagnose this condition by asking questions related to the symptoms. He/she can carry out a physical examination to study the veins.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, Consult Vascular Surgeon Hyderabad Dr. Abhilash Sandhyala now.