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Dr. Ted King
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Varicose Veins (Overview)

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 long periods of time.


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What are the signs, symptoms of varicose vein?

Vein signs: Signs range from visible spider veins to larger flat blue veins to bulging varicose veins to swelling to reddish and/or brownish skin discoloration to waxy shile skin scars to ulceration. Bleeding can occur and when there is severe inflammation in the vein, you can have redness, swelling, warmth, and pain and tenerness over the affected vein. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Varicose Veins (Overview)

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 long periods of time.


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What can I do about varicose veins?

What can I do about varicose veins?

Varicose vein: Firstly need to be evaluated to determine the source,venous Doppler sonogram and s the best evaluation,once done a treatment plan can be determined ...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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Is it normal to get varicose veins?

No: No, varicose veins are never normal. They are very common and become increasingly common with age but varicose veins are a manifestation of part of a body system that is failing, or has failed. So varicose veins are never normal. ...Read more

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What is the cause of Varicose Veins?

What is the cause of Varicose Veins?

Bad valves: Varicose veins are caused by valve problems that allow blood from deep high-pressure veins to enter low-pressure veins just under the skin. These veins enlarge, (varicose), leak fluid through the walls (swelling), letting blood through (discoloration) and finally nutritious arterial blood cannot enter an area of the skin resulting in ulcers. It is treated by laser ablation. ...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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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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Are varicose veins deadly?

Are varicose veins deadly?

No: In and of themselves, varicose veins are not fatal or deadly. However, left untreated, the underlying venous insufficiency that causes varicose veins, can lead to long term complications, some of which can be quite severe, including chronic limb swelling, skin thickening/discoloration/ulceration, infections, clots, or even bleeds. Early treatment can easily avoid these end-stage complications. ...Read more

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How does risperdal consta cause varicose veins in the scrotal sac?

How does risperdal consta cause varicose veins in the scrotal sac?

? limited relation: Risperdal is used in bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, psychosis, depression and adhd. Common side effects of Risperdal include diabetes, type 2 diabetes, weight gain, agitation, drowsiness.On nov, 26, 2012: 40, 253 people reported to have side effects when taking risperdal. Among them, 18 people (0.04%) reported varicose veins. Only 1 reported varicose veins, varicocle of the scrotum. Limited data. ...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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What are the symptoms of varicose veins? Can you feel them blowing out?

Varicose veins: The symptoms of varicose veins can include leg aching, pain, heaviness, tiredness, fatigue, itching, burning, swelling, throbbing, restlessness, and cramping. Typically the symptoms get worse the longer you are on your feet during the day. Occasionally, people probably are aware of when a small vein "blows out." they will have a pain and get a bruise where they didn't have an injury. ...Read more

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Are varicose veins dangerous?

Are varicose veins dangerous?

They can be: Varicose veins may be of cosmetic concern, but commonly cause symptoms such as leg heaviness, leg fatigue, itching, night cramps, and restless legs. They can also lead to leg swelling, eczema, skin inflammation, and leg ulceration. Phlebitis can occur in a varicose vein, which could lead to a blood clot. Consult a phlebologist (http://www.Phlebology.Org/) to discuss your particular condition. ...Read more

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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 causes varicose veins?

Genes and behavior: There are many factors that contribute to varicose veins. Some of these are genetics, standing for lengthy periods, gravity or hormones. Today's technology allows surgeons to perform treatment for varicose veins using minimally invasive techniques. This allows for faster healing and return to work in just a few days. ...Read more

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What causes varicose veins?

What causes varicose veins?

Leaking valves: Varicose veins are a very common problem and they are due to leaking valves (called reflux) usually in the saphenous veins. Think of your veins like a tree with the trunk being the saphenous vein and the branches being the varicose veins. A venous reflux ultrasound will make the diagnosis. Common causes of this are hereditary, aging and pregnancies in women. They are treatable with a laser. ...Read more

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What are the diagnosis possibilities for a female in relatively good health(some varicose veins)but that has swelling in one leg by knee cap and ankle?

What are the diagnosis possibilities for a female in relatively good health(some varicose veins)but that has swelling in one leg by knee cap and ankle?

Many Possiblities: Could be related to your vein disease, but also many other possibilities. Some possible venous reasons could be venous reflux disease, phlebitis, blood clots (DVT or SVT), or May-Thurner disease. Also have to worry about pelvic pathology causing compression of veins or lymphatics. Could be lymphedema. Could be arthritis or joint inflammation. Hormonal imbalances. Could be soft tissue inflammation ...Read more

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Physiotherapy for varicose veins?

Not effective.: Physiotherapy is not an effective treatment for varicose veins. The gold standard for varicose vein treatment is a venous ultrasound to look for malfunctioning valves and then treatment of them with a closure procedure and either microphlebectomies or sclerotherapy. ...Read more

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I saw a doctor who diagnosed varicose veins. Now he wants to do treatment. I suspect he is churning. What is significance of the condition?

I saw a doctor who diagnosed varicose veins. Now he wants to do treatment. I suspect he is churning. What is significance of the condition?

Get a second opinion: Varicose veins often cause pain, heaviness, cramping, and restless legs syndrome. They can also cause swelling, discolored skin, bleeding, blood clots, and ulcers. If you have varicose veins and any of these, it is worth considering having treatment done. If you have seen a doctor about your veins and you aren't sure about what you are being told, getting a second is always a good idea. ...Read more

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Can compression stockings make varicose veins worse?

Can compression stockings make varicose veins worse?

Absolutely Not: In fact, compresssion stockings are often the 1st line of management for treatment of symptomatic varicosites, along with daily elevation of the limbs and an adequate exercise regimen - known as "consevative care". The stockings act to help keep blood flowing through the limb, and diminsh the venous pooling, which leads to venous hypertension, eventually causing the bulging, dilated varicose veins. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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