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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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I was out side and felt as if I got stung by a bee. When I looked at my leg their was a large bump on my varicose vein. Leg was swollen and hot.?

Phlebitis: Superficial phlebitis is not uncommon specially if you have varicose veins, you need to have an ultrasound and if the process does not extend into the upper thigh the treatment is aspirin, antiinflammatories and compression. Once recovered you need to see a phlebologist for therapy of varicose veins to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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Is an ice pack or heat pack better to relief varicose vein leg pain?

Is an ice pack or heat pack better to relief varicose vein leg pain?

Heat but it depends: Before advising either you need a specific diagnosis. Why is it vein pain? Could be some other reason pain is the vein swollen red and hot? Other important things can cause pain in the leg like blood clots, muscle inflammation, and other and you need to have your physician check it ...Read more

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Unilateral low leg swelling w/ distended non varicose vein. Leg throbs after walking up stairs. General squeeze feeling. ABI neg. Is this arterial?

Unilateral low leg swelling w/ distended non varicose vein. Leg throbs after walking up stairs. General squeeze feeling. ABI neg. Is this arterial?

May thurner: Many possible reasons. Abi being normal would eliminate arterial disease and usually not swelling. An ultrasound should be used to rule out a deep venous thrombosis. May thrurner syndrome can occur if a clot or major artery sits on top of a vein causing venous swelling. Can occur in women. Hope this helps. Thank you for turning to health top. ...Read more

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How long should pain last if it is muscle pain? Blood test ruled out DVT & told likely muscle pain behind leg with varicose veins? Leg not red or warm

How long should pain last if it is muscle pain? Blood test ruled out DVT & told likely muscle pain behind leg with varicose veins? Leg not red or warm

Probably not muscle: If you have a varicose vein there, that may be the cause of the pain and this is more persistent than simple muscle pain. This can be treated with endovenous ablation or sclerotherapy. Talk to a vein specialist or phlebologist. ...Read more

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Varicose vein in leg. Already had total stripping 10 yrs ago but pain continues when standing more than an hour. What other options can be considered?

Newer options: Depending on the location, options for varicose vein treatment include minimally invasive and office type procedures such as laser or radiotherapy, as opposed to traditional stripping. Smaller veins can be treated with scleral basis which involves injection of the sclerosing material. I would see a vascular surgeon who deals with veins for a consultation. ...Read more

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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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What is the definition or description of: Varicose veins on legs?

What is the definition or description of: Varicose veins on legs?

Varicose veins: 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 ...Read more

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How to get rid of varicose veins on legs cheaply?

How to get rid of varicose veins on legs cheaply?

See Phlebologist: Workup for vv involves proper documentation of symptoms, physical findings, ultrasound findings, photos, and conservative treatment with use of compression hose. Insurance companies cover the treatment of the malady save for the co-pay and deducible. ...Read more

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

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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What is the best way to get rid of varicose veins on legs?

What is the best way to get rid of varicose veins on legs?

Thermal energy: The best way to get rid of varicose veins is to first treat the diseased vein causing the varicosities with thermal energy- either laser or radio frequency. The varicose veins can then be removed through small incisions (microphlebectomy) or sclerotherapy (injections). Best to see a vein specialist for specific recommendations. ...Read more

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Prevention and care of varicose veins on legs advice needed?

Prevention and care of varicose veins on legs advice needed?

Exercise, hose, etc.: There is no specific preventive measure. Care with use of 20-30 mm compression hose, exercise (walking is great), elevation of legs in the am and pm for 15 min help diminish the symptoms of incompetent veins. Avoiding obesity will help. Best to see a phlebologist who can fix your legs and give you good advise. ...Read more

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How to get rid of varicose veins on legs? I want to wear shorts in summer.

See phlebologist: Go to phlebology. Org and seek the help of a qualified phlebologist by placing your zip code on the left side of the home page, and a list of those close to you should be available. Evaluation starts with an ultrasound of the veins in your legs, then applying modern treatment methods of endogenous ablation using radiofrequency or laser, microphlebectomy of vv, and sclerotherapy. ...Read more

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Do you have any remedies to fade away those bulging varicose veins on legs? And what does estrogen do?

Vein specialist: For varicose veins to actually "fade away", you would need treatment. There isn't really any home treatment that will make them fade. I would recommend that you see a phlebologist or vein specialist. ...Read more

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What can be done for large varicose veins on legs & even arms?

What can be done for large varicose veins on legs & even arms?

Many options: Varicose veins can be treated -- in addition to compression socks, minimally invasive techniques exist including laser, sclerotherapy, and micro-phlebectomy. These are office based procedures. In my practice, I see and evaluate every patient personally and perform an ultrasound on the spot. The options are carefully explained to you and I devise a treatment plan we are both happy with. ...Read more

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If you are blowing out varicose veins in legs are hemorrhoids next?

If you are blowing out varicose veins in legs are hemorrhoids next?

Not necesssarily: Lower extremity varicosities and hemorrhoids are different disease processes. Having one does not mean you will or will not develop the other. ...Read more

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What are the similarity and difference between hemorrhoids and varicose veins on legs?

What are the similarity and difference between hemorrhoids and varicose veins on legs?

Hemorrhoids: Both hemorrhoid veins and lower extremity veins work to carry blood from the tissues back toward the heart. Hemorrhoids and varicose veins happen due to malfunction of the blood flow toward the heart. Pooling of blood in the rectum/ pelvis causes blood congestion of the hemorrhoidal veins resulting in hemorrhoids. Pooling of blood in the limbs causes stagnation of blood and varicose veins. ...Read more

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Restrictive cardiomyopathy - my brother has this disease and has severe varicose veins on legs. He is on medication. Is there any known cure for this.?

Restrictive cardiomyopathy - my brother has this disease and has severe varicose veins on legs. He is on medication. Is there any known cure for this.?

Restricitve cm: There are some treatments for this but there is no cure. There is usually signs of impaired filling of the heart and thus there is venous engorgement which could be causing the varicosities. ...Read more

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I have taken Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) for the last 7-8 yrs. I have had varicose vein removal (leg) and experience monthly migraines. Could Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) be causing it?

I have taken Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) for the last 7-8 yrs. I have had varicose vein removal (leg) and experience monthly migraines. Could Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) be causing it?

Unlikely: While contraceptive pills may slightly increase your risk of blood clots, this is different from varicose veins which are likely unrelated. If the migraines happen around the time of your monthly bleed, consider skipping the placebo pills of your pack and starting a new pack with active pills instead. ...Read more

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What should I do when a varicose vein in the leg ruptures consecutively 4 times?

What should I do when a varicose vein in the leg ruptures consecutively 4 times?

See a vein specialis: Recurrent hemorrhage from varicose veins should be addressed. Bleeding from varicose veins is caused by high pressure within the varicose vein caused by malfunction of valves within the veins. This condition can be readily treated by a vein specialist/phlebologist. ...Read more

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The varicose vein on my leg is warm when standing but not when sitting. What should I do?

The varicose vein on my leg is warm when standing but not when sitting. What should I do?

See a doctor: It is quite common for varicose veins to become warm when someone stands for any length of time. Because varicose veins don't work properly, they fill with more blood and have higher pressure when you stand. This results in venous inflammation and warmth. The pressure returns to more normal levels when you sit, lie down, and/or put your feet up so the warmth goes away. Time to see a doctor. ...Read more

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What do you think I should do when a varicose vein in the leg ruptures consecutively 4 times?

What do you think I should do when a varicose vein in the leg ruptures consecutively 4 times?

Time for treatment: See dr finder at sirweb. Org. Also at same site click on patient tab. Select varicose veins from left side menu. ...Read more

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What is exact solution for varicose veins at left leg.?

What is exact solution for varicose veins at left leg.?

Varicose veins: There are many minimally invasive surgical options nowadays for treatment of this problem. It is based on the size and the classification for the stage of your venous disease. For this you can see a vein specialist about compression therapy, rfa, evla or non-thermal ablative options as well as sclerotherapy if appropriate. ...Read more

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What is the exact solution for varicose veins at left leg?

What is the exact solution for varicose veins at left leg?

Depends: You should get a venous reflux ultrasound to determine best treatment options. Most common treatment for varicose veins is endovenous ablation with laser (EVLT) or radiofrequency heat (Venfit). Other common treatments include phlebectomy & ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. Seek opinion from board-certified vascular surgeon as they are vein experts that can offer all options to you based on anatomy ...Read more

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