Vicious Varicose Veins

Varicose veins appear to result from problems with the valves in the veins.

When these valves falter, blood pools in the veins, causing them to enlarge and change color. In most cases, the problem is relatively harmless, although some people find the discoloration to be aesthetically unpleasant.

Common Symptoms:

  • eczema
  • swelling around the ankle
  • itchiness
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • scarring
  • discoloration
  • thrombosis
  • difficulty walking or standing
  • other dermatological conditions
  • ulcers and bleeding

Treatments:

Mild interventions typically include raising the legs, stretching, taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like acetaminophen or ibuprofen), and wearing medical garments called compression stockings, which can reduce the swelling.

If you develop blood clots, scaly skin, fluid buildup in the afflicted area, ulcers, or significant pain, see your doctor ASAP.

A non-surgical intervention called sclerotherapy can shrink veins. Laser ablation has also shown promise--as has the use of specialized radio frequencies to ablate veins. Dietary supplements may also be useful.

Causes:

Genetics may play a major role. The condition also associates with obesity. So people who are overweight or obese tend to be at a higher risk.

Can a low carb diet help?

If indeed obesity is caused by consumption of foods high in refined carbohydrates and sugars, restricting the amount of carbs in your diet might indeed be protective.

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