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Dr. Ted King
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Varicose Veins On Legs (Overview)

Varicose veins are enlarged (dilated) sections of veins which are located just under the surface of the skin - usually on the leg. They are often easy to see, as they look thick and knobbly. They may be less obvious if you are overweight, as they are hidden by fatty tissue under the skin. http://patient.info/health/varicose-veins-leaflet


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Prevention of varicose veins on legs?

Prevention of varicose veins on legs?

No good way: Venous incompetence which leads to vv is a result of heredity, pregnancy, lifestyle (prolonged standing/sitting), age, obesity, and there are conservative measures which may help in decreasing the symptoms (leg pain, swelling, fatigue, heaviness, cramping, restless legs): compression hose, exercise, elevation of legs. Trained phlebologist can help advise you. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
317 doctors shared insights

Varicose Veins On Legs (Overview)

Varicose veins are enlarged (dilated) sections of veins which are located just under the surface of the skin - usually on the leg. They are often easy to see, as they look thick and knobbly. They may be less obvious if you are overweight, as they are hidden by fatty tissue under the skin. http://patient.info/health/varicose-veins-leaflet


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I was on vacation last month and I would always be close to the bonfires we made. Does that cause varicose veins on the legs?

I was on vacation last month and I would always be close to the bonfires we made. Does that cause varicose veins on the legs?

Cause of Leg Veins: No. Heat to the legs or bonfires would have no association with the development of varicose veins. Varicose veins are typically the result of a genetically inherited condition referred to as venous reflux disease, in which an individual inherits weakened vein valves of the superficial veins of the legs. Sometimes trauma or blood clots can also lead to the development of varicose veins. ...Read more

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Treating Varicose Veins (Checklist)

See a vein specialist
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Wear support stockings
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Get a venous ultrasound for reflux
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Does running worsen varicose veins on legs?

Does running worsen varicose veins on legs?

Not really: Running/walking activates the calf muscle pump which propels the blood return from the legs. The exercise activity dilates the vv and makes them more prominent and may result in increased sensitivity and the use of compression hose will lessen the discomfort. Running will not worsen the vv, but standing, sitting long periods will do so. ...Read more

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Do varicose veins and spider veins usually appear in the legs?

Do varicose veins and spider veins usually appear in the legs?

Yes: Spider and varicose veins are extremely common in the legs. Varicose veins are not uncommon in the groin/pelvis, but would be rare elsewhere. Spider veins are commonly found on the face, and can be seen on the trunk as well. ...Read more

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Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (Checklist)

Stay as active as you can
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Follow your doctor's anticoagulation recommendations
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Elevate your leg, if possible
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Ask your doctor if you have a genetic predisposition
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What are varicose veins and spider veins like?

What are varicose veins and spider veins like?

Spider & varicose: Varicose veins are bulging blue veins larger than 3 mm in diameter, almost always found on the legs. Spider veins are red, blue or purple veins on the surface of the skin, up to 1 mm in diameter. They commonly occur on the legs and face, and may be seen elsewhere. ...Read more

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What are the means to cure bleeding varicose veins when one is suffering from the same on two legs?

What are the means to cure bleeding varicose veins when one is suffering from the same on two legs?

Close leaking valves: Varicose veins are a result of malfunctioning valves usually in the saphenous system. The first step in treatment would be to obtain a venous reflux ultrasound to make the diagnosis and help plan treatment which could be laser or radiofreqency closure of the valves usually with microphlebectomies and possible sclerotherapy or ultrasound directed sclerotherapy. You should see a vein specialist. ...Read more

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Does running slowly worsen varicose veins on legs?

Does running slowly worsen varicose veins on legs?

More prominent: As dr. Mountcastle said, there may be a posssibility that running can slowly worsen varicose veins on your legs. Often runners have slender legs with very little subcutaneous tissue. As a result, the veins on runners' legs can be more visible and sometimes look like they are varicose but, in actuality, they are completely normal. ...Read more

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What causes varicose and spider veins?

What causes varicose and spider veins?

Heredity: Far and away, the major cause of varicose and spider veins is heredity. Other factors can contribute to their development if you have inherited a tendency to get varicose veins in the first place. These include prolonged standing, age, pregnancy, hormones, and trauma. Surprisingly, obesity has not been shown to be a cause of varicose veins. It does increase the risk of complications though. ...Read more

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What happens to blood in the leg after varicose veins are treated? Will there be scars?

What happens to blood in the leg after varicose veins are treated? Will there be scars?

Improved Circulation: Blood flow with varicose veins is stagnate with venous pools. 90% of venous flow in the lower limbs is completed by the deeper veins. Vv closure by rf or laser forces the blood flow into deeper veins away from the skin surface. Thus decreasing superficial vein pressures. With new micro stripping, laser/radiofrequency ablation--scars are minimal punctures and simple stab incisions-minimally. ...Read more

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Do you have any remedies to take away bulging varicose veins on legs?

See Vein Doctor: Modern day treatment of venous insufficiency which results in vv, leg pain, swelling can be nicely treated by a phlebologist trained to do procedures in the office. Using laser or radio frequency heat, major vein reflux can be eliminated, ropy vv can be removed with microphlebectomy, and spider veins treated with sclerotherapy. Phlebology.Org is helpful in finding doctor in your area. ...Read more

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Are varicose veins painful?

Possibly: Other symptoms can include restless leg syndrome, skin changes in the lower leg to include darkened pigmentation, eczema and even ulcers. If you are having pain consult a board certified phlebologist, interventional radiologist or a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Do Varicose Veins cause DVTs?

DVT's in deep veins: DVT or deep vein thrombosis is confined to the deep veins. Varicose veins are bulging superficial veins. These empty into the deep veins. Occasionally, clots in superficial veins can grow and enter the deep veins. Usually, some condition promoting clotting tendency in blood combined with immobility causes most DVT's. ...Read more

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Can spider veins occur on arms?

Can spider veins occur on arms?

Theoretically yes!: I hope you are talking about thread like veins. I said theoretically as in 30 years of od vein practice I have not seen them on the arms. Legs, face, upper chest yes. Arms not yet. Go see a vein specialist who can treat them too. ...Read more

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Can varicose veins cause really itching legs?

Can varicose veins cause really itching legs?

Yes they can.: One of the more common symptoms of venous insufficiency and varicose veins is itching legs. Some also describe a heaviness of the legs and even restless legs at night. ...Read more

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Can crossing your legs while sitting cause neuropathy and varicose veins?

Can crossing your legs while sitting cause neuropathy and varicose veins?

Unlikely.: I doubt that crossing of the legs will lead to either neuropathy or varicose veins. For neuropathy to occur, it would mean that there was pressure on a nerve to cause the problem. This would be quite difficult to happen with simple leg crossing. Varicose veins are due to malfunctioning valves and crossing of the legs will not damage the valves although it could decrease the venous return. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Varicose Veins (Definition)

A condition characterized by dilated and elongated veins that are usually found in the legs but can affect different parts of the body. Normal veins have valves that prevent the backflow of blood and help resist gravity while blood moves back to the heart. In varicose veins, the valves are dysfunctional so blood moves forward and back, causing the enlarged vessels. Varicose veins can be painful. Often the pain worsens after standing for ...Read more


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