The main function of veins in our body is to carry deoxygenated blood from tissues to the heart. Sometimes, the vein becomes enlarged, dilated and overfilled with blood. This enlarged vein is known as a varicose vein. Any vein from any part of your body can become varicose. However, the legs and feet are most commonly affected by varicose veins. This is because standing and walking upright boosts the pressure in the veins of your lower body.
They can cause extreme discomfort and unbearable pain. Before learning how to treat varicose, it is important to understand what the causes and the symptoms are.
Varicose veins occur when the veins do not function in a proper way. There are one-way valves in the veins that stop blood from flowing backward. If these valves do not work properly, these veins become enlarged. Women are more prone to have varicose veins than men. Some common causes of varicose veins are –
- Standing or walking for a long period of time
Symptoms of varicose veins:
It is easy to find out that you have varicose veins since the symptoms are highly visible. You can find the visible misshapen veins on your legs or other parts of the body. If you have varicose veins, you can experience a feeling of heaviness, swelling, and pain over or around the enlarged veins.
In more serious cases, the veins can bleed badly and ulcers can form.
How to treat and prevent Varicose veins?
Varicose veins do not need any aggressive treatment to be cured. Some changes in your lifestyle can help you to treat them.
Changes in Lifestyle –
To prevent varicose veins from becoming worse, you can bring the following changes in your lifestyle–
- Don’t stand for a long period of time
- Exercise regularly to improve your blood circulation
- Maintain a healthy weight or lose weight
- Use compression stockings and socks
If you already have varicose veins, you should follow the aforementioned points strictly. However, apart from the changes in the lifestyle, the doctor may also suggest you wear compression stockings or socks.
If your varicose veins are in a severe stage and you are experiencing unbearable pain, a surgery can be required. Nowadays, there are a number of invasive treatment options available in India. They are –
- Micro sclerotherapy
- Laser surgery
- Endoscopic vein surgery
- Endovenous ablation therapy
If you are experiencing any symptom of varicose vein and thinking for a treatment option, talk to your doctor to know about the risks and benefits of that particular type of treatment method.
Live a healthy lifestyle to prevent varicose veins. If a few changes in your lifestyle can give you a healthy and wealthy life, then why not!