Varicose veins is the main reason women avoid to wear skirts and short dresses. Men tend to have it too, but it’s more spread among women.
These veins are tortuous and dilated veins found right under the skin of the legs. In most of the cases they don’t do you any harm, but you may want to get rid of them because they’re really unaesthetic.
Unfortunately, not all women know how to deal with varicose veins. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help you understand it’s causes, symptoms and treatments.
Genetics plays an important role in getting varicose veins. So if you have someone in your family with this condition, you are predisposed to it too. And because we still can’t overcome genetics, there’s not much you can do to prevent them from occurring.
Here are other potential causes for varicose veins:
- Age – your veins can lose elasticity as you get older, and blood tends to accumulate in the veins;
- Obesity – the weight on your body increases the pressure on the legs;
- Standing for long periods of time;
- Chronic heart valve conditions;
- Pregnancy – too much pressure on your abdomen can lead to getting varicose veins;
- Hormonal imbalance;
Even though the signs and symptoms of varicose veins are not as scary as they look, you may feel a small discomfort, such as:
- Tenderness around the varicose veins area;
- Mild swelling of the legs;
- Itching sensation in the legs;
- Skin tightening around varicose veins area;
- Legs feel heavy.
Home Remedies For Varicose Veins
There are many natural treatments for varicose veins, so here are 5 most popular home remedies:
1. Elevating The Legs
You might find mild swelling in your legs if you stand for long periods of time. So to make the blood flow from your legs come back to your heart, elevate your legs above your heart’s level. To accomplish this, you can put some pillows under your legs when you lie down.
When your legs are swollen apply an ice pack over the varicose veins to constrict the blood vessels. The discomfort will dissapear in a few minutes.
3. Anti Inflammatory Medication
There are medications (such as Ibuprofen) that can help to reduce the swelling and inflammation in your legs, but you need to consult your doctor before taking them.
4. Compression Stocking
Compression stockings are used to tighten the skin and to allow the blood flow from the legs to reach back to the heart more easily. You can find them in medical stores or here on Amazon.
To improve circulation, you should perform regular cardiovascular exercises, such as walking, running, riding a stationary bike or an elliptical. Exercising on a daily basis will help prevent the blood flow from accumulating in the veins.
The discomfort caused by the varicose veins is NOT proportional to their size.
Follow this guide to keep your varicose veins in control, but don’t avoid your doctor’s advice. If these tips and home remedies helped you, or may help someone you know, share them on your social profiles. Stay healthy!
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