The Various Risk Factors and Treatment for Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are bulging veins that appear closely on your skin’s surface. They may be accompanied by swelling and pain that worsens after long hours of standing or walking. Many people seek medical treatment due to cosmetic reasons since varicose veins may be unsightly. However, whether you have the symptoms or not, it is essential to consult with your specialist Dr. Danny Harrison for diagnosis and treatment to prevent further complications, including blood clot formation.
What Are the Risk Factors for Varicose Veins?
While people of different ages may suffer from varicose veins, certain factors increase your chances, for example:
The female hormones put women at a higher risk of developing varicose veins compared to men. Hormonal medications such as birth control pills may increase your chances of having a venous disease. During pregnancy, the volume of blood in the body increases to support the growth of the fetus. As a result, veins strain to transport larger blood volume. Extra pressure may weaken the valves and affect functionality.
Obese individuals have higher chances of having varicose veins. Excess body weight exerts pressure in your lower body and strains the vein walls. This may cause the valves in veins to collapse and as a result, cause varicose veins. Losing weight and maintaining a healthy body mass index may help minimize symptoms such as pain and swelling.
Desk jobs that require long hours of sitting interfere with putting you at risk for varicose veins. It is essential to take breaks every hour and have a short walk to improve blood circulation in your legs. Other jobs which require you to stand for long hours exert pressure on veins in your legs. You may place one foot on a stool to reduce pressure on your lower body.
How Are Varicose Veins Treated?
Fortunately, treatment for varicose veins is done on an outpatient basis and requires less invasive procedures. There are various treatment methods, from self-care measures to processes that your specialist may recommend. Examples of home remedies for varicose veins include:
Physical activity is essential as it lowers your risk for hypertension and helps you reduce or maintain a healthy weight. Your doctor may advise that you engage in low-impact activities such as yoga, swimming, and cycling to improve blood circulation in your legs.
Wearing compression stockings is the typical treatment method for varicose veins as they facilitate better blood circulation. You may find this in medical stores or a pharmacy.
Your dietician may recommend limiting your intake of foods rich in sodium or salty foods to reduce swelling as these foods cause high water retention. Foods rich in potassium such as potatoes and leafy vegetables are good as they minimize water retention. Constipation puts strain on veins and may worsen already damaged veins. Therefore, your specialist may recommend that you increase your intake of foods rich in fiber, including nuts, whole grains, and legumes.
Self-care measures may help reduce the symptoms but may not be effective for severe varicose veins. If the symptoms persist, reserve a session with your doctor at Sky Vein & Aesthetics for treatment to improve your health conditions.