What do I need to know about caring for someone with varicose veins?

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If someone you care for has varicose veins, the first fact to know is that they are generally harmless. If the person has a mild case of varicose veins, they will probably not experience any problems or symptoms but you will notice blue or purple veins near the surface of their skin. To reduce the occurrence or risk of varicose veins, the person should be encouraged to exercise, sit with their feet up, and alternate between standing and sitting. Eating a healthy diet and losing weight can also make a difference. If the person's case is more severe, the doctor may suggest additional treatment options or surgery.

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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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