Do varicose veins worsen over time?

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Yes, the appearance of varicose veins worsens over time. Your symptoms may not change, but the veins may be more visible. You may also develop other varicose veins. Many people pursue treatment to remove varicose veins for cosmetic reasons and to feel more comfortable about their appearance. In addition, taking preventative measures to reduce your risk such as exercising, not staying in the same position for long periods of time, and sitting with your feet elevated can be beneficial.

Dr. Angelo G. Chachas, MD
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Varicose veins can worsen over time, says Angelo Chachas, MD, of MountainStar Vein Center. Learn why age isn't a friend when it comes to varicose veins in this video.

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Large twisted blue or purplish veins visible at the skins surface are known as varicose veins. Any vein in your body can become varicose but it usually occurs in the legs and feet due to the pressure the lower body endures to keep ...

your body upright. It is caused by the weakening of the valves and veins in your legs. Varicose veins are usually hereditary. We are also more prone to get varicose veins as we age. Symptoms include itching, burning, throbbing or cramping in the legs and around the veins. Self-care measures such as exercising, elevating your legs, and wearing compression stockings are used to ease the pain and prevent varicose veins from getting worse. If these measures dont work, see your doctor to discuss medical treatments that are available to close or remove varicose veins.
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