Vein and circulation problems are a common occurrence for millions of adults around the globe. One major sign of circulation issues appears on the skin as varicose veins, mild versions referred to as spider veins. According to the US Department of Health & Human Services, half of the people over 50 are affected by varicose veins.
What are Varicose Veins?
Veins are the blood vessels that carry blood to the heart from the rest of the body for recirculation. Varicose veins are the condition of weakened veins and vein valves.
Certain veins carry blood from the legs to the heart. This blood has to be pumped upward or counter-gravity. Certain conditions such as age, heredity, obesity, pregnancy, over-standing or over-sitting can add pressure and disallow the blood to be pumped upward. To avoid this backward flow, tiny valves in your veins open and aid the upward flow. Generally with age or over-use, the valves in your veins become weak and lose elasticity lessening their functionality. The backward flow matched with weakened valves cause the blood to build up in the vein and make the vein larger. These veins appear blue because they are carrying deoxygenated blood.
Fortunately, varicose veins are generally a purely cosmetic concern. Rarely though, varicose veins come with complications. These veins become elevated or bumpy and may cause aching or throbbing. Varicose veins may form ulcers, generally around the ankles. There is also the risk of blood clots which causes swelling in a condition known as thrombophlebitis. In these rare cases, medical attention should be sought. In most cases though, varicose veins are very moderate. These ‘spider veins’ create an undesirable appearance and can generally lose visibility with self-care treatment.
Self-Care for Varicose Vein Treatment
To combat varicose or spider veins, the Mayo clinic suggests practices that aid the regular flow of blood such as exercising regularly, proper dieting, avoiding overly-tight clothing or shoes, elevating your legs, avoiding long periods of sitting or standing and compression therapy
How does Compression Therapy Help Varicose Veins?
Compression therapy works by applying a healthy level of pressure on your legs to facilitate upward blood flow. Compression stockings gently squeeze legs and push the blood out of the leg and toward the heart. Compression stockings are an affordable and effective alternative to pricey surgeries or medical procedures. Compression stockings come in a variety of lengths, pressure grades and colors. Compression stockings can be worn fairly comfortably depending on the pressure level.
Selecting Compression Therapy Stockings
Low-strength compression stockings can be bought for very mild conditions or to prevent spider veins from forming. For high-strength compression stockings, a medical professional should be consulted for proper sizing and compression strength levels.
Varicose or spider veins are generally nothing to be worried about and shouldn't be embarrassing. With proper care, though, they can be reduced in visibility through basic home practices.
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