While varicose veins usually affect the veins in your legs and feet, any vein in your body can become varicose. Commonly caused by being in the same position for long periods of time, varicose veins can affect people in many different ways. For some people, they may only cause cosmetic problems, while for others, they can cause pain and even lead to more serious health problems. Common causes of varicose veins include:
- Age: As we grow older, the valves in our veins have a harder time regulating blood flow, which can cause varicose veins.
- Sex: Varicose veins are more likely to develop in Women.
- Obesity: The added pressure on the veins of people who are overweight makes them more likely to develop varicose veins.
- Family History: People with family members who have varicose veins are more likely to develop them as well.
Spider veins are one of the most common variants of varicose veins. They are normally closer to the surface of the skin and occur in the legs; however, spider veins can also effect the veins in your face. They also vary in size and are usually red or blue. While the majority of varicose vein cases do not have any serious medical complications, seeing a doctor can help ensure there are no risk factors. There are some self-care exercises that can help alleviate varicose veins, but in certain instances, additional treatments are needed. Speak with our team of professionals at Salem Surgical to find out your treatment options for varicose veins.