Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. They are most common in the legs and ankles. They usually aren't serious, but they can sometimes lead to other problems.
What causes varicose veins?
Varicose veins are caused by weakened valves and veins in your legs. Normally, one-way valves in your veins keep blood flowing from your legs up toward your heart. When these valves do not work as they should, blood collects in your legs, and pressure builds up. The veins become weak, large, and twisted.
Varicose veins often run in families. Aging also increases your risk. Being overweight or pregnant or having a job where you must stand for long periods of time increases pressure on leg veins. This can lead to varicose veins.
Causes of Varicose veins:
- Occupational: Standing long hours
- Genetic tendency
- Deep vein thrombosis: A condition which affects the valves of veins
- It might get triggered during pregnancy and due to obesity
Symptoms of Varicose veins:
- Painfulness of legs
- Visible tortuous veins on the legs (of affected parts)
- Swelling of legs and ankle
- Restless leg syndrome (due to pain.)
- Bleeding due to minor injury
Complications of Varicose veins:
- Ulcer formation
- If eczema on the affected parts, there may be infection leading to wounds which may take time to heal
- Thrombophlebitis: Due to clot formation in the veins, due to sluggish circulation
Treatment of Varicose veins:
Postural correction and changes form important part of treatment for varicose veins, as under:
- Always keep your legs elevated on a pillow during sleep (in case of varicosity of leg veins)
- Avoid long standing, form a habit of sitting down
- Ware suitable stockings
Surgery may be indicated if varicosity is very severer.
Homeopathy works very well for mild to moderate cases of varicose veins. It helps to reduce pain, control further varicosity, reduces swelling. Homeopathy also helps significantly in the cases, which have varicose ulcers. Homeopathic treatment is strongly recommended for all cases of varicose veins except for those, which are truly surgical in nature.
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