What is varicose veins?

Varicose veins are a common condition where enlarged veins can appear on the skin.

While varicose veins are usually unrelated to any serious medical condition, some people feel unwell by their distinctive blue or purple appearance, or the itching, tingling, or discomfort that sometimes accompanies them. Fortunately, you can reduce these symptoms through healthy lifestyle habits and natural remedies.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are the cases where the veins, namely the veins that carry the dirty blood to the heart, become swollen, twisted and visible just below the skin surface due to blood pressure or valve problems.

Varicose veins can also occur deeper in the body, but they usually appear as bulging blue or purple veins on the legs or ankles. They are more common in women than men. Experts think that the estrogen hormone, which is more dominant in women, may affect vascular health. [1]

You can visually diagnose varicose veins or check with your doctor with an ultrasound test. [2]

Varicose Veins Symptoms

In some people, the only symptoms of varicose veins are their blue or purple appearance. For others, varicose veins cause bothersome symptoms such as:

  • swollen ankles or feet;
  • Pain or a heavy feeling in the legs;
  • Burning, burning, tingling, or warmth in the legs;
  • leg cramps or aches;
  • discoloration of the skin;
  • Itching.

Spider Veins or Varicose Veins

Spider veins are so named because of their appearance. With spider veins, tiny red or blue capillaries – the smallest blood vessels in the body – appear under the skin in a spider web-like pattern.

Spider veins are smaller and thinner than varicose veins and do not come out of the skin. They are most common on the legs or face and are usually a cosmetic problem. [3] Similar problems cause both varicose veins and spider veins: poor circulation, poor blood vessels, a sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise.

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