As we age, it is bad enough that we have to deal with wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks and even excess weight. Then, there’s also varicose veins. In most cases, we often see varicose veins as a problem that is frequent in women. However, even men can get those repulsive varicose veins too.

Varicose Veins – What are they?

Varicose veins are twisted, bulging veins that are usually seen just under the surface of our skin. In most cases, varicose veins are noticed mostly in the legs, specifically the areas behind the knees. Another term for varicose veins is varicose or varicosities. They usually happen when our veins become dilated, expanded or clogged with blood. Varicose veins are characterized by their visible spider-like appearance on the surface of our skin.

Having varicose veins is common, and mostly seen in women. Approximately 30% of adults have varicose veins. Although it is not a condition that requires immediate medical attention, many of us are bent on trying to get rid of them. As a result, we search for treatments and medication to remove the varicose veins from our skin.

What causes varicose veins to appear?

When our veins are not working properly or are faulty, varicose veins will eventually appear. Anatomically, our veins are designed with two-way valves. This is to prevent the backflow of blood and keep the circulation going towards our heart and as well as our brain. However, when these valves become faulty, blood begins to accumulate around that area. As a result, the accumulation will start to affect the veins slowly and making it bulge or enlarge. Since our legs are the part of our body that is far from the heart, that’s why it is more likely to be affected by varicose veins.

Below are some possible causes of our veins not working properly:

  • A woman is at her menopause stage
  • A person who is at an age 50 years and above
  • A woman who is pregnant
  • Working in jobs that require standing for long hours
  • A person who is overweight
  • A person with a family history of varicose veins

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