What are varicose veins? In Latin, the word varicose means loose. It is a dilation or swelling of the veins making them more visible under the skin than the other healthy veins.
What are the causes of varicose veins?
According to the representatives of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the following factors may increase the chances of an individual to develop varicose veins: “Family history, age, gender, pregnancy, obesity, lack of movement and damage.”
Which people are at the highest risk of developing varicose veins?
Researchers claim that approximately 50 to 55% of women and 40 to 45% of men in the United States suffer from some form of vein problems. Pregnancy, physical inactivity, and long standing/sitting are the main factor risks of this condition.
In which form can the varicose veins occur?
They can be categorized as mild, moderate or severe depending on their appearance and symptoms. For example, varicose veins that look like a spider web are considered as mild varicose veins.
If left untreated, varicose veins can cause discoloration of the skin, ulcers, excess weight, burning sensation, and swelling of the affected areas.