Varicose veins: What causes webs of blue veins on legs?

Spending humid Atlanta summers hiding in long pants is miserable. But, if you have webs of blue, painful...

Spending humid Atlanta summers hiding in long pants is miserable. But, if you have webs of blue, painful varicose veins on your legs, it's hard not to stay covered up. So, what exactly causes this common medical condition?

Common causes
Varicose veins are painful, blood-filled veins that are swollen and twisted, making them more visible than other veins, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The valves in the veins are not operating properly, which causes blood to pool and the veins to swell. This common condition is most prevalent in women and is often a result of:

  • pregnancy
  • defective vein valves
  • blood clots
  • long periods of standing or sitting
  • obesity
  • wearing tight clothing

Reducing the pain
To soothe the condition, get off your feet. Removing pressure from your lower body by elevating your feet while you sleep or taking frequent breaks during the day can ease the symptoms and reoccurrence of varicose veins. If you're not able to rest during the day, wear elastic support socks that increase circulation in your legs. These are available at most pharmacies and medical supply stores.

Weight loss is also key. Removing extra weight from your upper body can reduce varicose veins.

If your veins are not improving with at-home treatments you may need surgery, according to the Mayo Clinic. Your doctor may suggest Sclerotherapy, an in-office procedure that scars and closes problematic veins. Or, he may recommend laser treatments to close off veins, which will eventually lighten and become less visible. Surgery to remove enlarged veins is also an option.

Varicose veins can be extremely painful. If the skin condition is worsening, it's time to see a dermatologist in Atlanta. Make an appointment today to get the relief you deserve.

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