Varicose veins and spider veins are veins that have become enlarged and twisted. This happens because their check valves fail, allowing blood to leak backwards (reflux). This results in pooling of blood in the legs, pain, swelling, and ropy bulges in the legs. Sometimes, varicose veins can cause serious skin damage, such as redness and hardening of the skin. In a few cases, this can lead to bleeding from the veins, ulcers, or even blood clots.
Spider veins are a type of varicose vein that do not cause bulging under the skin, and rarely cause symptoms. But they can cause significant cosmetic concerns for people who like to wear shorts or skirts.
WHY IT HAPPENS
Most people with varicose veins get them from their parents. In a few cases, the varicose veins skip a generation, and can be traced back to your grandparents. Other causes of large varicose veins include pregnancy, blood clots, and trauma to the legs. Obesity, although it can cause leg swelling, does not cause varicose veins.
||WHAT WORKS, WHAT DOESN’T
Proper expertise is required is determined the most effective treatment for varicose veins. At VeinPros, we have the training and experience necessary to help you get the best vein treatment.
Sclerotherapy & Minimally Invasive Procedures
Injections (sclerotherapy), laser, VNUS Closure, and vein removal (phlebectomy) are currently the most effective methods of removing varicose and spider veins. They are the only proven way to eradicate these veins. (see TREATMENT)
Exercise, such as walking, causes contraction of the calf muscles, which pump blood back up toward the heart. This helps relieve pooling of blood in the veins.
Support hose keep the veins from bulging too much, and keep blood from leaking out of the veins into the skin. The hose must be strong enough to do the job: light hose, often found in the market, are not strong enough. Medical quality support hose can be purchased through our offices, at pharmacies, and medical supply stores.
But keep in mind that although support hose help, they do not correct the underlying problem.
Various creams, including vitamin K, and pills that are advertised to help varicose veins do not help.