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Doctor insights on: Varicose Veins And Hemorrhoids

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Dr. Ted King
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Varicose Veins (Definition)

Varicose veins are dilated, elongated, winding, tortuous veins that are usually found in the legs but can affect different parts of the body. Normal veins usually have valves that prevent the backflow of blood and help resist gravity while blood moves back to te heart. Varicose veins have dysfunctional valves so blood moves forward and back which causes the enlarged vessels. These varicose veins can be painful. Often the pain worsens after standing for a ...Read more


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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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The similarity and difference of hemorrhoids and varicose veins?

The similarity and difference of hemorrhoids and varicose veins?

Location different: If there is increased pressure in veins then they become larger and prominent. Varicose veins in the legs enlarge because they have a leaky valve and gravity tends to pull the blood back down causing the veins to enlarge. Hemorrhoids are veins in the anus that enlarge due to pressure from constipation and straining. ...Read more

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The similarity and age of development of hemorrhoids and varicose veins?

The similarity and age of development of hemorrhoids and varicose veins?

Some similarities: Hemorrhoids and varicose veins are similar in that they can occur at any age but are more common in folks as they age. They are both common and hereditary. They are both enlarged veins.Hemorrhoids are worsened with straining when having a bm and with prolonged sitting on the toilet. Varicose veins are worsened with prolonged standing. They are also associated with pregnancy and childbirth. ...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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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 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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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

The veins in the rectum can swell and become puffy when a person has frequent pressure on them from pushing out a bm. This is constipation. The swollen veins can burn, itch, or sometimes become severely painful (from a clot building up inside). Veins in the rectum are called hemorrhoidal veins and the sick, stretched out vein ...Read more


Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more