Varicose Veins

this image shows leg with varicose veins that extend above the knee

Varicose veins and when to worry about them.

Varicose veins can affect people of all ages (including me ) but what causes them and when do you need to seek medical advice ?

Varicose veins are veins that are swollen because blood isn’t flowing through them properly. Varicose veins are very common. If you have varicose veins on your legs, you can usually see them bulging and blue through your skin,they often look like knotted rope.

Luckily varicose veins don’t often cause any serious problems but they can make your legs ache, and many people are unhappy with how they look. My son always used to say to me when he was little”Mummy hide your foot it scares me” and he is an adult now so that shows how long I have had them.

Varicose veins won’t go away on their own. But if they are causing you problems, there are treatments that can help your legs look and feel much better. Some treatments have side effects, so you need to consider the pros and cons when deciding which treatment is right for you. They can be removed by surgery or you can have injections that make the veins disappear. However many Doctors will not treat Varicose veins now on the NHS.

Your Doctor may suggest you;

Stop Smoking
Maintain a healthy weight
Take regular exercise such as walking
Eat a healthy high fibre diet full of fruit and veg
Avoid long periods of standing
When possible raise your legs above heart height using pillows
Wear Support stocking.
Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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