Shouldn’t Slow You Down
If the valves in the veins become loose and fail, blood does not flow efficiently back to the heart, and the veins become enlarged or congested with blood. Spider veins are small red, blue or purple veins on the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are larger, distended veins that are located somewhat deeper than spider veins, and not always visible, even though they are problematic.
Are varicose veins dangerous?
Untreated varicose veins can progress the more severe disease including significant leg swelling, skin discoloration, and even ulcers or wounds that require daily wound care and months to heal.
What causes varicose veins?
Genetics or heredity is the biggest contributing factor of varicose and spider veins. Up to half of all women are affected due to hormones, birth control pills, and pregnancy. Other contributing factors include age, obesity, decreased mobility, and a history of blood clots, recent surgery, or trauma.
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure that reduces the appearance of varicose and spider veins with the aid of an injection. Sclerotherapy vein treatments take around ten to thirty minutes and can be performed in your doctor’s office as an outpatient procedure. How...read more