Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers: are varicose veins dangerous?

Varicose and spider veins leave many people unable to wear shorts or dresses because of their unsightly appearance. More than 40% of women experience varicose veins as they age but there are methods that can be used to treat this condition.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains what varicose veins are and what causes them.

When vein walls become weak and fail to circulate blood properly, pools of blood can form in the veins causing them to bulge. Varicose veins are most common in the legs and thighs and are often seen in individuals who spend a lot of time on their feet. This issue can also be hereditary and is more likely to appear if an individual is overweight, has a history of blood clots or experiences hormonal changes such as during pregnancy.

Varicose veins are common and generally painless, however they can cause discomfort and pain when walking or standing for long periods of time. In some cases, varicose veins can cause serious conditions such as venous stasis ulcers, or painful sores that occur when the vein does not provide enough drainage. Infection is also a risk if there is a buildup of fluid in the veins.

Treating varicose veins can prevent the risks, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

There are several treatment options as well as lifestyle changes that can help you deal with varicose veins. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and avoiding long periods or sitting or standing can help reduce the likelihood of unsightly leg veins.

Other treatment options include laser therapy and sclerotherapy during which the veins are injected with solutions that close off the affected veins. Undergoing one of these treatments or combining them can help reduce the appearance of this common issue.

Do you have questions about leg veins for Dr. Joel Schlessinger? Ask them below in the comments section.

Posted Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 9:00 am
Filed Under Category: Cosmetic Surgery
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