Odds are you’re going to have to deal with varicose or spider veins at some point in your life. According to the most recent statistics, these troublesome veins affect roughly half the population over the age of 50. By last count, more than 40 million Americans suffer from spider veins or their more serious cousin, varicose veins. And while the primary side effect of these veins is that they’re unsightly, they can sometimes cause a wide variety of health problems.
So how do these veins form? And what can be done to get rid of them?
The body’s venous system is a complex collection of tubes that delivers blood back to the heart. These veins come equipped with valves that keep the blood flowing in one direction and help the veins to overcome gravity, especially in the legs. When these valves become broken or compromised in some way, blood begins flowing backwards.
In smaller veins close to the surface of the skin, this backwards-flowing blood creates spider veins, so named because the discolored veins resemble the legs of a spider. Varicose veins, on the other hand, are larger veins that reside deeper in the body. When blood flows the wrong way in these veins, large quantities can pool, causing the veins to become twisted and rise up beneath the surface of the skin, creating unsightly ridges.
Most people who suffer from these conditions don’t notice any symptoms other than the unsightliness of the veins themselves. However, some people report swelling, pain, itching, skin discoloration, limb fatigue, and varicose veins have even been known to develop blood clots, which could result in a life-threatening embolism.
Fortunately, doctors nowadays have a number of different remedies for these troublesome veins. At present, one of the most popular techniques for treating spider and varicose veins is with radiofrequency ablation, which uses radio waves to create a small amount of heat to seal off the vein and stop blood flow. Alternatively, some physicians recommend sclerotherapy, which involves injection a solution into the vein that irritates the walls and causes the vein to collapse.
Both of these treatments are minimally invasive, can be done using only a local anesthetic, and typically take less than an hour to perform. Following treatment, there is very little recovery time needed, so patients can resume their normal routines almost immediately.
If you’re suffering from spider or varicose veins and want to get them treated, then contact a vein specialist in your area and get rid of these unsightly, troublesome veins for good.
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