A Deep Dive Into Varicose Veins

These are the Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are an incredibly common condition that affects millions of people across the world every year. These pesky veins can cause discomfort and pain, and some people just don’t like the way they look too! 

When it comes to varicose veins, knowing the causes, the symptoms and the treatment options available to you is crucial for managing varicose veins. 

This is our deep dive into everything you need to know about varicose veins, whether you are currently suffering with them, or you have a family history and want to stay ahead of the curve. 

Causes of Varicose Veins 

In short, varicose veins occur when the valves in the veins become weak or begin to malfunction. This weakening causes blood to pool in the veins which in turn leads to vein enlargement and a bulging appearance. There are a number of different factors and causes that may play a part in you getting varicose veins, these include: 

  • A family history: If you’ve got varicose veins in your family you’re more likely to develop the condition yourself.

     

  • Age: As we get older, the likelihood of varicose veins increases as our veins tend to weaken with age.

     

  • Gender: Women are more likely to develop varicose veins than men. This can occur during pregnancy or due to hormonal changes that put pressure on the veins.

     

  • Standing or sitting for long periods: If you work a job that requires prolonged standing or sitting this may contribute to the development of varicose veins.

     

  • Obesity: Being overweight can put pressure on your veins making them more prone to damage which in turn can lead to varicose veins. 

Varicose Vein Symptoms

If you have varicose veins, or you suspect varicose veins may be developing, you may experience a range of different symptoms that can cause discomfort. These symptoms may include things like: 

  • Visible veins: You’ll often be able to see bulging, twisted veins under your skin, these veins will tend to have a bluish or purplish colour. 

     

  • Pain or discomfort: Varicose veins may cause discomfort or pain, this includes aching or heaviness especially after long periods of sitting or standing.

     

  • Swelling: You may experience swelling in the legs, ankles or feet especially if you’ve been on your feet or standing for long periods.

     

  • Changes in your skin: Another symptom is skin changes. The skin around the affected veins can become discoloured, dry or itchy. 

What are my treatment options? 

When it comes to treating varicose veins, you have a number of different treatment options depending on the severity of your condition. Some of the most popular treatment options for tackling varicose veins include: 

  • Compression socks/stockings: If you have a mild case of varicose veins, you may be able to treat them by wearing compression stockings. Compression stockings or socks can help improve blood flow and alleviate the symptoms associated with varicose veins.

     

  • Lifestyle changes: If you’re in the early stages of varicose veins, lifestyle changes can help improve your symptoms. Try to make lifestyle changes like regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and trying to avoid prolonged periods of sitting or standing.

     

  • Sclerotherapy: This is a minimally invasive procedure we offer at Doctor Vein that involves injecting a solution directly into the varicose vein to make it collapse and eventually fade away.

     

  • Endovenous laser treatment (EVLT): We also offer EVLT at Doctor Vein, this is a non-surgical procedure that uses a laser to heat and seal the affected vein to redirect blood flow to healthier veins.

     

  • Surgery: Surgical procedures like vein stripping have been replaced by the more modern techniques above. Modified ambulatory phlebectomy which is minimally invasive is used for large veins that bulge out and is done under local anaesthetic and very tolerable for most patients. 

Treat your varicose veins at Doctor Vein

If you’re looking for treatment options to help alleviate your symptoms of varicose veins, our team at Doctor Vein can help you out. Chat to a member of our team today to organise an initial consultation so that we can choose the best treatment option for you. 

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