Besides witnessing a widening and twisting of veins under the skin of your legs, if you also feel a sense of discomfort and heaviness of the legs, then there is a fair chance of you suffering from “varicose veins” condition. Fortunately, this particular condition is not at all medically serious in most cases, and can also be treated subjectively.
Types of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins could occur differently in their sizes and appearances. One of the smallest and least symptomatic types of varicose veins is commonly referred to as ‘Spider veins’. This particular type of varicose veins usually occurs on the face as well as on legs. Their appearance is thin and web-like.
In addition to ‘spider veins’, there are medium-sized and large-sized varicose veins too.
Varicose veins are usually more prevalent among women than men. Blame it on hormonal factors such as puberty, menopause, even the use of birth control pills and, most of all, successive pregnancies.
It is also known to be running in families and perhaps also have a hereditary component attached to it. But, most of all, it is due to pregnancy that causes a dramatic increase in the hormonal levels of a woman that results into this conspicuous condition. Moreover, the veins of a pregnant woman often feel the increased pressure due to the enlargement of the uterus, thereby leading to the development of varicose veins.
Varicose veins is not amongst those conditions that will vanish away without any treatments. The prognosis of varicose veins differs from patient to patient; some may have no symptoms, and some others may suffer from leg swelling. However, the key here is to follow a healthy lifestyle to prevent the occurrence of varicose veins.