How are varicose veins diagnosed?

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Nobody enjoys being poked or prodded. Thankfully, there are pain-free ways to diagnose varicose veins, says vascular surgeon Dr. Steve Elias. Watch the video to learn more.


Varicose veins can be diagnosed by your doctor based on their appearance. Varicose veins have a distinct blue or purple color and are enlarged veins usually on the feet or legs. Your doctor will also ask about your symptoms or problems you may be experiencing. In addition, an ultrasound or X-rays may be done to look at how your circulatory system is functioning and where the veins are located.

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Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

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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