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Are varicose veins painful?

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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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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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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How to fight varicose veins?

How to fight varicose veins?

Lifelong care: As dr. Hernandez says, spider veins, varicose veins and venous disease is inherited and made worse with hormones, pregnancies, prolonged sitting and standing, heavy weight lifting, and others... Phlebology is a specialty for treating veins: www. Phlebolgy. Org minimally invasive diagnostic and treatments to get rid of each type of problem before it progresses and exercise and medical compression. ...Read more

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Are all varicose veins unhealthy?

Not really: A varicose vein is one which has dilated due to increased "back pressure" in the vein. Several reasons, but commonly the one way valves have become incompetent, so gravity pulls the blood back down causing pressure. To many, these may be unsightly, but don't cause symptoms such as burning, itching, and a heavy, achy feeling. If yours do bother you, talk to your doc. ...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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How to cure unsightly varicose veins?

How to cure unsightly varicose veins?

No cure: There are many very effective treatments for existing varicose veins, as dr. Nielsen said. Unfortunately, there is no cure. No treatment will guarantee that you will never get another varicose vein as long as you live. When it comes to treating varicose veins, control is the name of the game. Periodic check ups and maintenance treatment when necessary, will give you the best long term results. ...Read more

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What are ways to treat varicose veins?

Surgery v no surgery: Start with support hose & observation. The gold standard is to have a venous reflux exam and laser closure of the leaking valves of saphenous followed by microphlebectomies or sclerothrapy of the vv. Vein stripping is still done but newer treatment have faster recovery. See a vein specialist. To discuss for eval and discuss options. ...Read more

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I have varicose veins. What should I do?

See a vein doctor.: Varicose veins are usually due to malfunctioning valves is the saphenous veins. This can be diagnosed by a venous reflux ultrasound. You should see a vascular surgeon or a vein specialist. The gold standard for varicose vein treatment is to seal the leaking valves with a laser or radio frequency catheter. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Varicose veins?

What are the symptoms of Varicose veins?

Varicose veins: Most people with varicose veins don't have symptoms, Large varicose veins can cause people to experience ache, feeling heavy or itching, .
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Is it possible to inherit varicose veins?

Is it possible to inherit varicose veins?

Varicose vein causes: There are many causes of varicose veins including genetics, pregnancies, aging, trauma and poor leg muscle tone. Of all the causes, hereditary factors are the most significant and, in my experience, vein issues are passed on from both mother and father and the veins in the offspring are usually worse when the dad had bad veins. ...Read more

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Could using an eliptical cause varicose veins?

NO: Exercise is actually healthy for your circulation & there is no evidence that cardiovascular exercise (including use of eliptical) will cause or increase the likelihood of developing varicose veins. These veins are a genetic problem with valves within the leg veins & they will develop over time regardless of activity level or exercise. Pregnancy, obesity, and trauma can make them come on sooner. ...Read more

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How are varicose veins diagnosed? Just by looking?

Varicose vein: The key diagnostic test is a venous Doppler-sonogram to determine if this vein valve reflux. If so, then thermal ablation could be done to treat the issue. If no reflux is established then sclerotherapy would be a reasonable treatment option. ...Read more

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Need a simple explaination for this. What is varicose veins?

Varicose veins: varicose veins are enlarged areas of vein which are located just under skin. It is thought that the wall of the vein becomes weak in some sections. These sections then widen and become more prominent. If this occurs near a valve then the valve may become leaky and blood may flow backwards which causes extra pressure on the vein. This can cause more widening and vein stands out. ...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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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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How do I prevent varicose veins?

How do I prevent varicose veins?

Hard to do: There are several things that can probably help to prevent varicose veins. Unfortunately, even if you do everything right (use prescription compression stockings, don't stand too long, don't gain weight, get exercise, put your feet up as much as you can, etc.) varicose veins can develop anyway. If you inherit the tendency to get varicose veins, you will still get them, but maybe less. ...Read more

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Can vaginal varicose veins itch?

Can vaginal varicose veins itch?

Yes: Vaginal varices can itch but often are also associated with labial varices which also can cause irritation and itching. Do not forget, however, that vaginal itching is more commonly associated with vaginal infections or fungal skin infections, sometimes with urinary tract infections. I would recommend you see your doctor before assuming that the cause of itching is from the varices. ...Read more

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Is zumba good for varicose veins?

Is zumba good for varicose veins?

YES: Exercise is good for varicose veins because the muscle contractions of the calf increases the venous return to the heart and reduces the venous back pressure. This is essentially what compression hose does. ...Read more

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Can having varicose veins kill you?

Can having varicose veins kill you?

Dangers of V V: Varicose veins are for the most part not dangerous but they do have a problematic potential. Varicose veins are due to malfunctioning valves in the saphenous system and usually cause symptoms of aching, heaviness, tired, cramping or leg swelling. These same veins can worsen and cause clots, bleeding and venous stasis ultimately leading to venous ulcers it is wise to see a vein specialist early. ...Read more

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What causes varicose veins, gravity?

What causes varicose veins, gravity?

Gravity IS involved!: You are right! Gravity alone will not cause varicose veins unless you also have vein insufficiency or improperly functioning valves of your veins which then allow blood to pool in your veins and increase pressure in your leg veins. This increased pressure causes the veins to get thicker and bulge. ...Read more

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Varicose veins: how to prevent them?

Probably can't: Whether or not you develop varicose veins is largely genetically determined. However, they can be minimized with regular exercise and consistent use of support/compression hose. ...Read more

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Can varicose veins on your lady parts?

Yes on Vulvar Veins: Varicose veins do rather commonly form in the vulvar and labial region and are more common in women who are pregnant or have had prior pregnancies. They tend to form when some of the pelvic veins develop diseased vein valves. It is a treatable condition, most commonly treated through sclerotherapy or sometimes ovarian vein embolization procedures when pelvic congestion syndrome is present. ...Read more

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Can you fly if you have varicose veins?

Can you fly if you have varicose veins?

Flying: Yes but would recommend use of support or compression hose as airplane travel can cause venous thrombosis in a small percentage of people ...Read more

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Is bach flower good for varicose veins?

Is bach flower good for varicose veins?

Not that I know of: There are many causes for this that include family history, multiple pregnancies, obesity and trauma.
There are many safe and effective medical and surgical treatments for this condition. Best to meet with a surgeon that specializes in this area to discuss compression therapy, rfa, evla, MOCA and other like treatments ...Read more

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Is there a quick fix for varicose veins?

No: Depending on their size they can be injected with a sclerosing agent or lasered, but there is no quick fix. ...Read more

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What are ways to prevent varicose veins?

What are ways to prevent varicose veins?

Slow the disease: Environment increases our inherited disorder as well as hormones and pregnancy, prolonged standing, prolonged sitting, heat, heavy weight lifting, age, sedimentary job, etc. Wear prescription strength graduated compression stockings, elevate your legs when you can, walk 30 minutes a day, calf muscle exercises, get your veins repaired by a vein specialist: www. Phlebology. Org. ...Read more

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In what way can I prevent varicose veins?

You probably can't: Varicose vein disease is largely genetic. You may be able to minimize the disease and/or slow progression by staying active, avoiding high heels, and staying slim. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to scratch varicose veins?

Scratching Veins: Sometime it could be dangerous to scratch an area of varicose veins. One risk is that is the skin is thin enough, you could actually cause a break in the skin that could cause bleeding. Less significant risk is that you could cause enough trauma to the area to cause a phlebitis or infection of the area. If the veins are causing alot of itching, would recommend being seen by a vein specialist. ...Read more

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Why do I have varicose veins on my thighs?

Why do I have varicose veins on my thighs?

Bulging Veins.: Varicose veins are bulging grape-like appearing veins which are most commonly seen on the legs. These are due to leaking (refluxing) valves usually in the saphenous system. Some causes include hereditary, pregnancy, trauma and aging. The gold standard of treatment is to have a venous reflux ultrasound to both diagnose and form a treatment plan. You should see a vein specialist. ...Read more

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What are ways of preventing varicose veins?

Compression hose: Wearing compression hose or stockings may help, but if you are genetically predisposed to varicose veins, they may only delay the onset. You should get properly fit for compression stockings, and wear the proper length based on your symptoms. If you are having swelling or pain in the legs from venous reflux, you should get it checked out. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Miller
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Cellulitis (Definition)

A common skin condition that is caused by bacteria. Common symptoms may include fever, a skin sore that appears suddenly and grows quickly, and redness, pain, and tenderness ...Read more


Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

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