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How do you know if you have vein problems?

Eighty million adults suffer from vein problems, including varicose veins and spider veins. If you experience any of these symptoms, you’re probably a good candidate for vein treatment.

    • Visible, unsightly veins close to the surface of the skin on the arms, legs, head, face, chest or neck
    • Leg veins that are dark red, purple or blue in color
    • Veins in the legs with a knotty, bulging or ropy appearance
    • Legs that throb, itch, ache or burn
    • Chronic discomfort or tiredness in the legs
    • “Restless leg syndrome” that prevents you from getting
      a good night’s sleep
    • Trouble walking more than very short distances without
      limbs tiring out

What are varicose veins?

A varicose vein is one that has become swollen and stretched. Veins have valves inside them that keep the blood flowing in the right direction. As people get older, the valves don’t work as well and some blood can stay in the vein instead of moving forward.

What do they look like?
You can tell varicose veins from normal ones because they look twisted and blue or purple and they're raised. They can also be painful and tender, especially when you stand still or sit for long periods. Also, your legs may ache and feel heavy.

Are they dangerous?
Small varicose veins are usually nothing to worry about. They’re typically quite harmless. But if they’re painful, it’s a good idea to consult a doctor and see if they need to be removed. Large varicose veins, if left untreated, can progress over many years and lead to swelling, debilitating symptoms, skin changes and ankle ulcerations.

Are there ways to prevent them?

There are some things you can do so you’re less likely to have varicose veins. Regular exercise keeps your blood moving and your veins in good shape. Also, sitting or standing for too long puts pressure on your legs and feet. So get up regularly and move around.

What are spider veins?
Spider veins are small, thin veins that lie close to the surface of the skin. These veins have a spider shape with a number of veins stretching outward from a dark central point.

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